Before the anonymous brick-veneer suburbs proliferated throughout the periphery of Australia's major cities, an unaffected residential design idiom expressing local economic climatic and geographical influences had evolved in Queensland, which of all the Australian States, has the strongest indigineous residential architectural identity as a result.
The situation which has arisen in the past decade is a revived appreciation of the qualities of the Queensland house by the public as well as by some architects, both within the State and elsewhere. This is occurring at a time when social and commercial pressures are diminishing the rational style which had evolved over a century of settlement. The influences which shaped this spacious, and relatively inexpensive house, are not generally understood, but are often the subject of erroneous conjecture, even amongst members of the construction professions.
Regrettably, the influences of practical experience, improved technical training and the contributions of the building research organisations are being eroded by the diminishing involvement of the qualified architect, inflation and the merchandizing methods of some building material manufacturers, merchant builders and real estate salesmen.
The Thesis concludes with an evaluation of the survival of the privately financed one-off or stock design house and examines some alternative accommodations. When doing so, it must be recognised that the present and presumably, future generations, being more aware of our relationship to physical factors, are demanding less of technology and more respect for the natural environment. It is hoped that this trend with erase much of the nostalgia, superficialty and outdated construction techniques which are destroying the character of the house in Queensland and provide the opportunity for architects and designers to revive and develop a rational climate-oriented regional identity.