The Island Seen and Felt

Australia is a place with more land than people, more geography than architecture. But it is not and never has been empty. For sixty thousand years, it has been explored and inhabited, modified and mythologized, walked and sung. This is true antiquity. Few landscapes have been so deeply known. And fewer still have been so lightly inhabited.

Australia is a place with more land than people, more geography than architecture. But it is not and never has been empty. Few landscapes have been so deeply known.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and a professor of architecture at Monash University.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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