In the 1950s, 60s and 70s architects such as Harry Seidler, Ken Woolley, Michael Dysart and Graeme Gunn took high-end design to the suburbs. Backed by Pettit & Sevitt, Merchant Builders and other project builders, architects created small, simple houses that transformed the look of suburbia. Today, the distance between architects and the suburbs has never been greater, with Australia’s super-sized, energy-guzzling project homes the world’s biggest. What can we learn from the designer homes of the postwar years?

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