Blog update: November 2016

First off, thanks to the readers of this blog. I appreciate everyone that takes the time to read and get in touch. I’ve made an effort over the past few months to post something every couple of weeks. Most of the content covers my research publications, and I suppose that’s gradually becoming this blog’s focus. It brings everything I’m working on together, making it both accessible and providing an archive of it. Now there’s a focus, I’ve updated the blog. Check out the new About page. It has a bio and photo. I created a new ‘Follow Me’ bar as well, which is below. And I also updated jameslesh.com.

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Preserving cities: how ‘trendies’ shaped Australia’s urban heritage

This article was originally published on The Conversation on 3 November 2016. Read the original article. The Australian Ugliness, architect and critic Robin Boyd wrote in 1960, incorporated the “background ugliness” of Australia’s cities: a suburbia of: … unloved veneer villas and wanton little shops, and big worried factories. These are the kinds of suburban places that in 2016 sell at weekend real estate auctions for six or seven figures. Despite the frequent outcries of today’s residents of “Trendyville”, these buildings are readily converted to fashionable heritage homes, or demolished to make way for new apartment blocks. Heritage has a history. The kinds of

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