James Lesh

James Lesh
University of Melbourne | MSD · Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

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From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the Australian city transitioned from modern to postmodern skyscraper urbanism. This article examines three Australian skyscrapers spanning this transition: the Mutual Life & Citizens Assurance Company (MLC) Centre in Sydney (1977), the Bond Tower in Perth (1979), and the Rialto Towers in Melbourne (1987). Desp...
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This article argues that the Australian Whitlam Labor Government between 1969 and 1975 produced a distinguishably Australian conception for heritage through its notion of the national estate. A watershed for the recognition and preservation of heritage in Australia, it was expansive, democratic and interventionist in its philosophical underpinning...
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Across the world, researchers and practitioners are recognising the potential of social value to bolster the conservation of heritage places. Operating alongside aesthetic and historic significance, the integration of social value into conservation practice seeks to enhance the assessment and management of cultural heritage by dissolving divides be...
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From its 1994 conception to its 2002 realisation, Federation Square generated an intense public dispute between groups associated with architecture and conservation. Created by London-based LAB Architecture Studio following a design competition and located at the southern gateway to central Melbourne, Federation Square was a notable example of late...
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The important role of citizen movements towards dissolving the conceptual and practical imperatives of urban modernism during the 1960s and 1970s is widely accepted. However, the ideological impulses and social character shaping this movement are less known, particularly in the Australian context. Amid the growing discontent towards modernism and r...
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Heritage is a force that shapes cities. It refers not only to the significant physical environments we inherit from the past but also the accumulated relationships we have with our cities and the places in them. Attempting to protect places can both shape and hinder the development of cities. Heritage can inspire design creativity and offer meaning...
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Lesh and Nichols explore the history of Richmond, the inner-city suburb in which much of the action of Dogs in Space takes place, seeking to understand what made this area unique in the 1970s and since. Using examples of early gentrifiers into the area, they touch on the importance of state and federal political machinations and early attempts to p...
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In the specialist field of heritage conservation, ‘place’ has a distinctive meaning. This chapter explores how the concept of ‘place’ has been deployed within conservation practice by architects, planners, consultants and policymakers. With reference to international heritage charters including the 1994 Nara Document on Authenticity and the 2009 Qu...
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For ten summer seasons, from 1853 to 1863, Cremorne Gardens—gold- rush Melbourne’s premier leisure attraction—welcomed thousands of visitors. A desirable modern pleasure garden, Cremorne, this article argues, was at once a space of modernity for its host colonial city, and a remarkable node in a global network of mid-nineteenth-century pleasure gar...
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This is a conference report on the fourteenth biannual Australasian Urban History/Planning History (AUHPH) conference held between 31 January and 2 February 2018 at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.
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Since the 1970s Australian heritage practitioners – academics, consultants and policymakers – have constituted a robust urban heritage management field. Particularly via the 1979 Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter, this field has equally impugned and influenced regional and international urban heritage practice. Examining the archives of leading Austra...
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Graeme Davison , City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia. Sydney: NewSouth, 2016. 347pp. £32.50 pbk. - Volume 44 Issue 2 - James P. Lesh
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When completed in 1986, the Rialto Towers were the tallest building complex in the Southern Hemisphere. They remain today an enduring mark on the Melbourne city skyline, grounded at the prominent intersection of Collins and King Streets. Their construction was, however, preceded by a decade-long dispute over the nineteenthcentury buildings located...

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