Huts and the imagination

By ABC By Design

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We begin today's program with a look at one of the most fundamental forms of architecture, the hut. The very word 'hut' casts a spell on anyone who has ever dreamed of having a little bolthole in the bush or by the sea to escape the complexities of the modern world. The hut is the most universal and ancient form of vernacular architecture. And although you might never have built your own hut, the appeal of these small spaces are easy to grasp for anyone who ever built a cubby as a child.

Our first guest has had a long love affair with huts.

Dr Dianne Johnson - Anthropologist and author of Hut in the Wild

01 June 2011


ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.
From the cities and buildings we live in to the cars we drive and clothes we wear, the program deals with architecture and material culture, the politics of the built environment and design - all through the prism of our daily lives.
It explains how, through the creative process, human ideas take on tangible form and designers reinvent the world to keep pace with its changing needs and desires, lifting the quality of our lives.
The program explores how design -- the way things look, feel and function -- reflects social change; what the decisions we make as consumers of architecture and everyday objects tell us about who we are.