Martin Place is one of Sydney's iconic urban places. Since the 1890s it has fulfilled a vital role as a significant public space at the centre of Australia's most populous city; in the heart of the central business district, its powerful corporate presence now defines a globally connected city. It is a place of varied moods and attributes: vista and fine relief, boldness and intimacy, new and old, repose and dynamism. From the beginning, its physical form has framed a people place, the character of which is ever-changing through everyday use and activity as well as moments of commemoration, celebration and protest. This collection captures Martin Place from all angles-its architectural and social history, its changing landscape, and its various economic and cultural functions-along with the people and organisations that have made it their own.
Judith O'Callaghan, Paul Hogben and Robert Freestone are based in the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Australia. O'Callaghan is Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture, Hogben is Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Freestone is Professor of Planning. Hogben and O'Callaghan are editors of Leisure Space: The Transformation of Sydney 1945-1970 (2014). Freestone's books include Place and Placelessness Revisited (2016), The Planning Imagination (2014) and Urban Nation (2010).
CONTENTS..Contributors..Introduction Judith O'Callaghan, Paul Hogben and Robert Freestone..1. The Beginnings: James Barnet and the General Post Office Peter Kohane and Mark Stiles..2. A 'Monument to Civic Foresight': Extending Martin Place, 1923-35 Robert Freestone..3. Martin Place: Heart of Patriotism Charles Pickett..4. Portraits of a Place: Visual Responses Shirley Daborn..5. Corridor of Power: The Prestige and Promise of Insurance and Banking Architecture Michael Bogle..6. Temples of Commerce: Banking and Insurance Chambers Sing D'Arcy..7. The 'Gold and Marble Palace': The Reserve Bank of Australia Russell Rodrigo..8. A Central Player: The Corporate Presence of the MLC Paola Favaro and Harry Margalit..9. A Sydney Social Hub: The Australia Hotel and the Commercial Travellers' Association of NSW Paul Hogben..10. The 'Taj Mahal' of the Eastern Suburbs Line: Martin Place Railway Station Judith O'Callaghan..11. Action Architecture: The Pedestrianisation of Martin Place, 1968-79 Maryam Gusheh..12. Animating Public Space: Designs for Civic Life Katrina Simon..13. From Commemoration to Protest: Sydney's Civic Heart Dijana Alic..14. Making New: Heritage Conservation and Contemporary Expression Catherine Lassen