Category Archives: Sydney

Architectural incompetence down under

Australian æsthetic abominations

Visiting Sydney, Dalrymple is surprised to learn that Blues Point Tower (Harry Seidler and Associates, 1962) has been declared a heritage building and is therefore

immune from well-deserved and indeed æsthetically obligatory demolition.

Seidler’s MLC Centre (1977) also strikes Dalrymple as being

one of the worst buildings in Sydney.

It would, he says,

surely be enough to preserve one of Seidler’s buildings — as a frightful warning — somewhere in the middle of the desert.

Sydney sordor

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 08.04.28Dalrymple writes that the murder scenes in City of Shadows, an exhibition at Sydney’s Justice & Police Museum, are

sordid in the extreme: blood spattered on the sheets of an unmade bed in a low boarding house, that kind of thing. They speak of sordid desperation rather than of cunning, let alone of struggles with conscience. I am afraid that the murders in the trials of whose perpetrators I have given evidence have all been of this kind, as the overwhelming majority of murders are and always have been.

Dalrymple does not think

anyone looking at these pictures, however unrepresentative of their time, would feel much nostalgia for the years in which they were taken. The scale of the raw poverty was unlike anything today.

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