City Limits and Walsh Street

John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute and City Limits co-author Paul Donegan discussed the state of Australian cities today in the house where Robin Boyd wrote The Australian Ugliness – a classic account of Australian society, how we inhabit our cities, and the consequences of our failure to think about how we live.

City Limits: why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them is the Grattan Institute’s first book. It uses analysis, stories and case studies to show how individuals, families and businesses experience life in cities today, and provides recommendations for how to improve them. City Limits reveals the importance of Australia’s cities for our lives now, and our future prosperity.

Arguably Australia’s most influential architect, Robin Boyd CBE (1919 – 1971), designed Walsh Street house in 1957 for his own family. Redefining the concept of a house museum, the house is now used by the Robin Boyd Foundation as a place of engagement, education and innovation.