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Urban Peasant: A Haphazard Chronicle by Feiko Bouman Austin Macauley, 2018, 347 pages, $35.99 _____________________________ On Thursday at 4.30 p.m., as usual, the Chief Justice Sir Garfield Barwick’s car glided through the chain-wire entry gates of the High Court building for his fortnightly inspection. Confronting Feiko Bouman, the site architect and joint designer, Barwick popped the burning question: “Mr Bouman, when will the marble cladding arrive?” Towering over Lake Burley Griffin, the High Court resembled an abandoned Second World War V-2 rocket launching pad. Barwick’s confusion is understandable. Like most Australians of the era, he failed to appreciate the new Brutalism, a…

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