The Melbourne Footpath Guides box set

For the curious urban explorer, a pocket-size guide to the architecture of Melbourne. Produced as 3 separate titles each containing 90+ pages, Footpath Guides to Melbourne is a homage to the places we love, one great building at a time. 


The story of the Footpath Guides begins in a unique Melbourne city building soon to be demolished to make way for a 60-storey apartment tower.

Total House, an early example of so called ‘Brutalist’ architecture, houses many architect and design firms whose offices top the building like a giant TV and an icon of post-war modernity.

Dave Roper, founder of Crumpler and one of the tenants, is hosting a party on the Level 8 terrace where Jacques Sheard, independent filmmaker and architectural academic, is shooting the final sequences of a short film as part of the efforts to save the building.

Dave and Jacques get talking and soon an idea emerges out of nowhere. What if we put together a homage to Melbourne’s mid-century architecture?

Together they feature over 60 individual buildings all illustrated, spanning from the 1850s to the 1970s.

People soon realised that something like the Footpath Guides had never existed before. And that Melbourne’s diverse architecture is best celebrated on foot, with eyes ready to scan skywards.



117 x 175 mm
265 pages total
Published August 2015