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Killing Sydney: The Fight for a City's Soul

$34.99

$34.99

'Presents serious issues in a way which neither patronises or mystifies the lay reader.' Paul Keating on Three Houses

A blueprint for the future of our city in a radically changing world.

Columnist Elizabeth Farrelly brings her unique perspective as architectural writer and former city councillor to a burning question for our times: how will we live in the future? Can our communities survive pandemic, environmental disaster, overcrowding, government greed and big business?

Using her own adopted city of Sydney, she creates a roadmap for urban living and analyses the history of cities themselves to study why and how we live together, now and into the future.

Killing Sydney is part-lovesong, part-warning: little by little, our politics are becoming debased and our environment degraded. The tipping point is close. Can the home we love survive?

Praise for Killing Sydney

'If you believe that Elizabeth Farrelly is expressing your long held concerns about the state of our governmens, our cities and our environment in her Sydney Morning Herald Saturday articles, then I encourage you to get Killing Sydney and have a month of Saturdays in the one book. That's what I'll do because I most often strongly agree!' Councillor Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney

'This is an important book for all Aussies! Written with passion, beautiful prose, and insightful knowledge. Read and weep. More than ever we need to push pause on development and so called "progress". Go Elizabeth!' Di Morrissey AM

'Great cities need great champions. Sydney needs Elizabeth Farrelly.' Adam Spencer

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760552589
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 27/01/2021
  • Category: Society & social sciences / Population & demography
    The arts / City & town planning - architectural aspects
    Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / Urban & municipal planning
    The arts / Architecture
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 384
  • Price: $34.99

'Presents serious issues in a way which neither patronises or mystifies the lay reader.' Paul Keating on Three Houses

A blueprint for the future of our city in a radically changing world.

Columnist Elizabeth Farrelly brings her unique perspective as architectural writer and former city councillor to a burning question for our times: how will we live in the future? Can our communities survive pandemic, environmental disaster, overcrowding, government greed and big business?

Using her own adopted city of Sydney, she creates a roadmap for urban living and analyses the history of cities themselves to study why and how we live together, now and into the future.

Killing Sydney is part-lovesong, part-warning: little by little, our politics are becoming debased and our environment degraded. The tipping point is close. Can the home we love survive?

Praise for Killing Sydney

'If you believe that Elizabeth Farrelly is expressing your long held concerns about the state of our governmens, our cities and our environment in her Sydney Morning Herald Saturday articles, then I encourage you to get Killing Sydney and have a month of Saturdays in the one book. That's what I'll do because I most often strongly agree!' Councillor Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney

'This is an important book for all Aussies! Written with passion, beautiful prose, and insightful knowledge. Read and weep. More than ever we need to push pause on development and so called "progress". Go Elizabeth!' Di Morrissey AM

'Great cities need great champions. Sydney needs Elizabeth Farrelly.' Adam Spencer

Author Information

Dr Elizabeth Farrelly trained in architecture and philosophy, practiced in Auckland, London and Bristol, holds a PhD in urbanism from the University of Sydney, and is an Associate Professor (Practice) at the University of NSW Graduate School of Urbanism. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand but has made Sydney her home since the late 1980s. She is the author of several books, including Three Houses - a monograph on renowned architect Glenn Murcutt - is a Walkley-shortlisted journalist, critic and essayist, served as a Councillor for the City of Sydney from 1991 to 1995, and her portrait by Mirra Whale was a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

AUTHOR EVENTS

17 May 2021

The original character of Cremorne, of tree-lined streets featuring cottages with verdant gardens, is being rapidly replaced by modern developments. Come to hear Elizabeth Farrelly, architect, author and columnist, talk about how to embrace change whilst preserving our local heritage for the future. The picturesque suburb of Cremorne has been a sought-after residential area since the 1880s due to its convenient location, good access to transport and magnificent harbour vistas. Today, Cremorne remains a highly desirable suburb for these same qualities. However, soaring land prices and a disregard for the importance of preserving the remaining stands of Victorian/Federation-era houses has resulted in wide-spread demolition to make way for multi-storey buildings. Our speaker, Elizabeth Farrelly, has written widely about similar issues in her new book, Killing Sydney - The Fight for a City's Soul. You'll learn about the importance of honouring our past by celebrating our lived heritage in the present day. This will give you a chance to consider the relevance of these stories, ensuring our local heritage, which is intrinsic to Cremorne's character, is protected for future generations. There will be a Q & A session with Elizabeth, and afterwards you can purchase her book.

6:00 PM

Cremorne Orpheum
380 Military Road Cremorne NSW 2090 Website



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