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British history publishers welcome Snelling

Posted by Davina Jackson 6 March 2015


Douglas Snelling will enter the canon of British architectural history with two new publications later this year; just in time for the February 2016 centenary of his inauspicious birth at Gravesend, on the Thames Estuary, east of London.

As well as the forthcoming Ashgate book Douglas Snelling: Pan-Pacific Modern Architecture and Design, based on Davina Jackson's controversial PhD thesis, a 15,000 word essay on Snelling has been accepted for publication in the 2015 edition of Architectural ..... Read More

New Pacific modern publications from ANZ historians

Posted by Davina Jackson 26 November 2014


Australia and New Zealand architectural historians are leading a new thrust to densify scholarship on pan-Pacific modern architecture and design.

Beyond Taschen's three popular 'Tiki Style' monographs and 2014 Paris exhibition by Los Angeles 'urban archaeologist' Sven A. Kirsten, the antipodean academics are developing new themes and evidence on architects and buildings in Hawaii and sub-equatorial Pacific islands.

Recent advances include:

—Jennifer Taylor and James Conner, former ..... Read More

Snelling research accepted by UK publisher Ashgate

Posted by Davina Jackson 14 October 2014


One of Britain's leading scholarly publishers, Ashgate, has approved publication of a book based on Davina Jackson's controversial PhD research on the life, work and significance of Douglas Snelling.

Jackson's proposal was endorsed by two anonymous academic reviewers – one from Britain and the other from Australia.

Ashgate's acceptance follows earlier 'in principle' approvals of the thesis by editors at the University of Melbourne's Miegunyah Press, UNSW Press and Thames and Hudson – ..... Read More

Emails clarify UTS influences on Snelling thesis failure

Posted by Davina Jackson 18 August 2014


Two senior research leaders at the University of Technology, Sydney, have emerged as persuasive figures in RMIT's late 2000s processes of sabotaging its scholarship PhD thesis on Douglas Snelling, written by Davina Jackson (author of this blog).

RMIT's own-goal decisions wasted its $56,000 (approx) in scholarship funds and cost it the $90,000 subsidy that Australia's Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research would have paid for Jackson's successful PhD 'research training'.

Emails ..... Read More

New book and Paris exhibition: Tiki Pop

Posted by Davina Jackson 8 July 2014


An accidental archaeologist with family roots in chilly Hamburg, Los Angeles-based cinematographer Sven Kirsten is the world's foremost expert on tropical tiki style and 'Polynesian pop'.

Tiki Pop, his third book exploring pseudo-Pacific and Caribbean lifestyle themes among outré followers of mid-20th century American modernity, is out now from Taschen.

Compared with Kirsten's earlier volumes, The Book of Tiki (2003) and Tiki Modern: And the Wild World of Witco (2007), Tiki Pop (subtitled ..... Read More

Relevant book: Arts and Architecture 1945-1949

Posted by Davina Jackson 20 June 2014


German publisher Benedikt Taschen – lascivious promoter of the sexiest aspects of California modern culture – has released a new book of his preferred pages from the legendary mid-20th century design periodical, Arts & Architecture.

His retro volume, Arts & Architecture 1945-49, reboots interest in the Los Angeles magazine's pervasively influential graphic design and typography strategies, supervised by its longest-serving publisher, John Entenza, and art director, Alvin Lustig.

Fans ..... Read More