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The Demise of Public Works Architecture: HM1708

Professor Harry Margalit
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL
Duration: 01:13:57
Harry is an Associate Professor at UNSW and has a special interest in the history of architecture as well as contemporary urban issues.
In this talk, he reviews the period of public works architecture during the 60’s and 70’s and reflects that this may have been the end of great public works projects in Australia.
Through a journey taking in Sydney, Canberra and Perth, he reviews a series of ‘brutalist’ buildings, several of which are outstanding examples of this time.
His final call is for the return of the great public works projects as an immediate social good, as well as an opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations to use and admire.
  • Reflect on the Public Works architecture of the last 20th Century
  • Understand the development and use of Brutalist architecture in public works
  • Appreciate some chosen examples of brutalist architecture and map the outcomes to the ideals of the time
  • Understand the use of concrete as a building material and the techniques to use it’s strength and plasticity.
  • Appreciate the realm of public works building in that day, and the lineage of public architecture today.

Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


  • Professor Harry Margalit

    Associate Professor Architecture, University of NSW

    Harry commenced as a senior academic at UNSW in 2006, having previously taught and researched at the University of Newcastle (NSW) and the University of Sydney. Harry was involved in architectural practice for several years as a design architect before embarking on an academic career. In addition to professional qualifications in architecture, he holds higher degrees in Fine Arts and Architectural History. He continues to be involved in practice, as well as researching, teaching and writing on architectural design, architectural history and contemporary urban issues. - See more at: