Designing a New World: Twentieth-Century Heritage

There was a time when the idea of conserving Federation architecture was considered absurd. Modernist design and architecture has also weathered indifference.

Modernism was about bold experimentation and exploration. It challenged the accepted conventions in design and architecture. It didn’t mean that the past was irrelevant, but rather it formed the archive of possibilities from which the new world could be created.

Modernism was often misunderstood and wasn’t always loved. At GML, we remember the Australia ICOMOS ‘(Un)loved Modern’ conference in 2009, when the modern movement was underappreciated and several buildings were threatened with demolition. Things have changed. Yet some people still think modernism is ugly and others say heritage listing modern architecture is a ploy to stop development.

Talk to us about your modernist building, house or garden as we can help you with heritage advice and services to create a new future.