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By Harry Seidler

The world over popular architect Harry Seidler discusses the goals rising from the United countries Habitat convention as they relate either essentially and theoretically to significant metropolitan and nearby progress centres he has constructed in Australia. Seidler's making plans designs emphasize the 'cohesion of the total' -- harmonizing development varieties and landscapes with the age-old notion of pedestrian city centres.

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The conditions that brought about modern architecture or any major, cultural, or technological change at a given moment often appear to be the direct result of some other readily visible and immediately antecedent event, such as a major economic or social change. But the causes of change are invariably multiple and can virtually never be explained by the citation of a single causal determinant. History eventually shows a protracted background of entangled affairs and incipient endeavours of seemingly little relation to the event at issue, further compounding the problem.

The balance between labour intensivity and plausibility of a high technology concept is one of scale. Much modern architecture, and some of today's most celebrated, is utterly deceitful in this respect — and much of it an outright lie. It pretends to be born of and based on a system, which in truth is nothing but a tortuous procedure requiring little but vast amounts of hand labour to bring it into existence — acrobatic feats that must be performed literally by armies of labourers on scaffolds which, when completed, are clothed in an envelope that pretends to have been stamped out by machine, utterly bely the great hand-made confusion inside.

A golf course projects into the housing area, which is divided into several neighbourhood units of 5,000 people, each with a core of communal facilities, shopping, school, and medium-density housing. Each neighbourhood is served by a circumferential traffic and public transport ring route. From this, dead-end suburban streets emanate, following the contours of the sloping terrain. In this configuration it becomes possible for all children from any house to walk to school through public park space without crossing any streets.

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