Amongst other pursuits, myself and two others make up the Footpath publishing team. We produce pocket sized architectural walking guides that cover a wide range or era’s and styles. Available individually or as a set of three, out first release focused on our hometown of Melbourne, covering buildings from the mid-19th century up to the 1970’s.
We have just completed our second set of guides which focuses on Australia’s largest metropolis, Sydney. Not being overly familiar with the city, I was pleasantly surprised to find not only an expected range of well-preserved early colonial architecture but also many fine examples of inter-war and post war Modernist buildings.
The other aspect that stuck me was the way in which Sydney implements and embraces open space within the CBD in the form of pedestrian malls and plazas. This is, of course, partly due to the generally agreeable weather that Sydneysiders enjoy but also, I believe, a result of a more enthusiastic acceptance of post-war Modernist ideals, especially related to architects such as Harry Seidler. Melbourne, by comparison, has always been a far more conservative and ‘British’ orientated city and, hence, perhaps more ‘inward’ of character both in a figurative and literal sense.
Following are samples of the graphic content of the Sydney books by our awesome in-house graphic artist, Sonia:
For more info on the Footpath project, check out the website: https://footpathguides.com/
We enjoy immensely putting these books together and hopefully will be able to continue the project. More to come including our first international title soon!