Town Planning for Australia
Introduction by Robert Freestone
Routledge – 2015 – 182 pages
George Taylor's Town Planning for Australia was the first dedicated book on the subject of urban planning published in Australia. Journalistic and ideological in style, it sets out a robust vision for a specifically Australian approach to planning and development of towns in a young country.
Taylor was a controversial figure, a political activist and publisher who brought the NSW Town Planning Association into existence and played a key role in publishing and promoting planning into the 1920s.His wife Florence Taylor was the first female qualified architect and trained engineer in Australia, and an important figure in the history of planning and publishing in Australia.
Introduction, 1. The Call of our Brothers, 2. The Fruits of History, 3. Old Towns for New, 4. The Roads that Led from Rome, 5. Steam the Wrecker - and Redeemer, 6. The Tragedy of Washington City, 7. The New Nation, 8. The Competition for a Capital, 9. The Plans that Pleased, 10. The Battle for Fair Play, 11. The Mission of the Town Planner, 12. The Development of an Ideal Town, 13. The Development of an Australian Town - The Site, 14. The Services - Streets and Roads, 15. The Services - Water, Sewerage and Lighting, 16. Transportation, 17. The Buildings and their Requirements, 18. Financial Factors, 19. Organisation and Administration, 20. The City Beautiful and How to Achieve it, 21. The City of the Future
Rob Freestone is Professor at the School of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Australia