An Analysis on The Dialectic of Desire and Disappointment
The article ‘The Dialectic of Desire and Disappointment’ briefly discusses the relationship and the reasoning between two extreme opinions, desire and disappointment expressed by Robin Boyd’s body of writing on the Australian Architecture that reveals the reposition in his criticism.
Boyd puts forward his argument through ‘Victorian Modern’ about the major architectural works getting inspired by international architectural periodicals of those times than by the local conditions. He always expected the great Victorian architecture to identify and represent Australian culture on an international platform. But later his disappointment, sorrow and the drift from optimism is evident from ‘The Great Australian Dream’ in 1972 where he mentions about the transition of Australian cultural identity from a dependent country of nineteen’s century to an international colony of twentieth century and Australia’s national culture getting overlooked in a process.
Boyd stresses on the fact that the regional reference and the local image of Australia can play a vital role in manifesting Australian culture to the whole world. Boyd upholds the developing pattern of architecture on peninsula portrayed by clean lines, cement blocks, wooden posts, no specific decoration and many characteristics indicating the use of functionalism. Through his article ‘The New International’, Boyd criticizes the leading local architects who tend to praise the architecture of those buildings which completely lack the ‘regional’ value and rues on the international style being dead and less innovative. He supports the ‘suspension’ design in architecture claiming it to be the variety in functional approach that links to the local ‘Port Philip Idiom’.