Sydney Architecture Festival 2010

Sydney Architecture Festival 2010

The fourth annual Sydney Architecture Festival starts from the 20th October – 7th November, 2010.  It is a joint venture between the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) and the NSW Architects Registration Board.

The Festival provides thought provoking new perspectives on Sydney by developing the community’s appreciation and enjoyment of good architecture and communicating the importance of good design in achieving a sustainable, healthy and culturally rich built environment.

It aims to create a better understanding of architecture by

……enabling the community to participate in and enjoy the history and architecture of Sydney

……engage children and young people in design experiences through competitions and group activities

……contribute to community engagement in relation to the challenges of achieving a sustainable built environment

……promote Sydney’s cultural identity as a contemporary city of quality architecture

……develop partnerships with organisations engaged in activities relevant to our primary objectives of celebration:

……developing the community’s appreciation and enjoyment of good architecture and education: communicating the importance of good design in achieving a sustainable, healthy and culturally rich built environment.

Detailed Festival highlights and 2010 Festival Architectural Champions information follow on ….

2010 Festival Champions Appointed

Sam Marshall, Architect Marshall, was awarded the RAIA Wilkinson Award in 2000 for his warehouse conversion in Darlinghurst and the President’s Award for Recycled Buildings and a Conservation Award. He is a recipient of a Dulux Colour Award for Best Interior, the Marrickville Medal and the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship. Notable completed works include numerous residential projects, shops in New York and Paddington, four film production studios and works to art galleries including the Darren Knight Gallery, Object Gallery and Campbelltown Arts Centre. Works have just started in his $50 million extension the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Before being appointed as a Trustee of Luna Park Reserve Trust from 1990 to 1995, he spent eleven years as a member of Friends of Luna Park in the flight to save Luna Park. He is the author of the book LUNA PARK JUST FOR FUN. He has been a member of the NSW Ministry for the Arts Capital Infrastructure Committee and a Board Member of the Australian Centre for Photography. In 2009 he chaired the Australian Institute of Architects’ Awards Jury.

Sam has been involved in the Sydney Architecture Festival since 2008 in his role as Lego Champion!

Tamara Donnellan is Associate Director of  TERROIR which she joined in 2000 after completing her architectural education at the University of Adelaide. Tamara worked for the practice until her departure for international experience. In 2003 and 2004, Tamara worked as a Senior Architect in the Edinburgh office of major British practice, RMJM. She was the Project Architect on the design, documentation and contract administration of the School of Music, Performing Arts & Media for Newcastle College.

Returning to TERROIR at the beginning of 2005, Tamara has been Project Architect of 86-88 George Street, Commonwealth Place Amenities, Leichhardt House and Burnie Makers Workshop, Currently Tamara is working as the Project Architect on the refurbishment of the National Capital Exhibition in Canberra. Tamara is an active member of DARCH and member of the NSW Chapter’s Practice Committee.

Tone Wheeler is an architect, author, educator and consultant with an abiding interest in environmental architecture and sustainable design. Tone founded the architectural practice Environa Studio 25 years ago and has designed individual and multiple housing projects, commercial buildings and urban design schemes, all with a strong emphasis on social and environmental concerns.

He has won numerous awards and competitions, is a member and former chair of the AIA National Sustainability Committee, is a frequent speaker at architectural conferences and seminars, has been on faculty of 3 universities, has been a judge on “the New Inventors” program on ABC Television, and is on the NSW Building Professionals Board and the Board of ABSA (Association of Building Sustainability Assessors).

Tone is a true Festival Champion having been involved since its inception in 2007. He has given talks, lectures and most importantly taken on the role of Festival Town Crier at Customs House in his original Festival jackets and hats.

Kim Crestani formed Order Architects in 1984. Kim manages the practice and focuses on client liaison, design, presentations and development opportunities.

Kim has given talks, seminars and workshops at both the RAIA and HIA, most recently at the ‘Housing of the Future’ Forum in Perth, May 2006. She has been published in House and Garden, Vogue Living, Belle, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Weekend Magazine, The Real Estate Journal, Architecture Australia, and the Architecture Bulletin.

She was also interviewed for the highly acclaimed ABC television series ‘In the Mind of the Architect’ and has been a guest on Radio National’s The Comfort Zone. Recently Kim has appeared on the ABC’s The New Inventors program to present “The Pod System”. As the inventor of this new home add-on scheme, Kim demonstrated and explained the invention on behalf of thepodsystem™.

In 2006, the RAIA awarded Kim the prestigious Marion Mahony Griffin Award For A Distinctive Body Of Architectural Work And To Recognise The Contribution Of Women Architects To Architecture In New South Wales. In Feb 2009 Kim was appointed to the NSW Nation Building + Jobs Plan Taskforce to assist in the stimulus package initiated by the Federal Government.

This is Kim’s first year to be involved in the Sydney Architecture Festival.

This year’s event will feature an informative and entertaining program of architectural talks, exhibitions, films, seminars, tours and children’s activities. The Festival closed with Sydney Open – the bi-annual opportunity for the public to see “behind the scenes” of some of our most interesting buildings not normally open to the public.

Events will be held in venues across the city including Customs House, Sydney City Council, the Museum of Sydney, the State Libarry, Object Gallery, Government House Sydney. Neighbourhood activities will allow a “local view” of Sydney architecture.



“Le Grand Pari(s)”

Tim Williams takes us through a themed appraisal of the important proposals developed by 10 multi-disciplinary teams engaged to ponder the future of Paris.

Tim Williams is a Sydney based architect and urban designer who has worked in France for several leading architects including two of the architect/team leaders appointed by President Sarkozy.

Tim’s illustrated presentation will provoke thought about how Australian Cities could be planned.

Venue: Alliance Francaise Sydney,   257 Clarence Street, Sydney

Start: 25 October 2010, 6.30pm /  Finish: 25 October 2010, 8.00pm

Ballast Point Park Tour

This multi award winning 2.5ha post industrial waterfront park is located on a contaminated former lubricant production site on the Birchgrove Peninsula in the inner reaches of Sydney Harbour.

Phil Coxall, McGregor + Coxall Landscape Architects and Tom Kennedy, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, both of whom were intimately involved from onset to completion, will lead these tours. Their insights into the design will add to your enjoyment of an already rewarding experience.

The site’s richly layered history included occupation by indigenous people, construction of the ‘Menevia’ marine villa in the 1860’s, quarry use for ship ballast and finally petroleum distillation by Caltex from the 1920’s until 2002, when the site was acquired by the NSW Government for return to the people as public parkland.

The design embraces world leading sustainability principles to minimise the project’s carbon footprint and ecologically rehabilitate the site. The design combines readings of cultural heritage with environmental innovation to restore a green headland park for the local community. The ESD approach is underpinned by use of provenance planting, stormwater biofiltration and recycled materials.

Saturday 30 October  / Start: 10:00am & 11:30am

A.S. Hook Address

Lindsay & Kerry Clare, 2010 Gold Medal Winners will deliver the A.S. Hook Address

Introduction : Brian Zulaikha, NSW Chapter President

Professor Alfred Samuel Hook’s dedication led to the birth of the RAIA in 1929 and the nurturing of it during its first 16 years of life. In 1970, the AS Hook Memorial Address was born, and each year since has been delivered by the Gold Medallist. The address, named in memory of Alfred Samuel Hook, provides insight into the life, work and principles of the Gold Medallist and the state of the profession at that time.

Tusculum   3 Manning Street,  Potts Point

Tuesday 26 October   /  6.00pm –  8.30pm

Bookings: Online Registration

AAA Harbour Cruise

The only architecture cruise in Sydney led by Michael MacCormick.

The cruise not only examines buildings along the shoreline but also highlights some of the underlying characteristics that give Sydney its sense of place. Sydney architect, Michael MacCormick will lead this 90 minute narrated cruise aboard the ‘Deerubbun’

The Sydney Architecture Festival Harbour Cruise has been organised by the Australian Architecture Association (AAA).

Click here to book online

Saturday 6 November /  11.00am – 12.30pm

Home Stories at Government House

Six thoughtful Australians including David Clark, Editor, Vogue Living, Richard Leplastrier, architect and Ruth Ritchie, journalist, discuss home and shelter.

From a wide-range of professions, including literature, architecture and government, our panel of erudite commentators will each deliver micro-lectures that inform what our homes mean to all of us, whether from a practical or deeply personal viewpoint.

Home Stories will be recorded for broadcast by ABC Radio National’s By Design program.

Saturday   23 October 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Sydney Open

Sydney Open is a biennial architectural event staged by The Historic Houses Trust and supported by City of Sydney in which 70 buildings of significance, either heritage or newly designed, are opened for the general public to enjoy.

Highlights include amazing views from the Goldsborough building and The Gateway, guided tours of Barangaroo; behind the scenes look at Sydney’s oldest and best theatres including Sydney Theatre, the Capitol and State; a peep into the world of Cullwalla Chambers barristers and the unique environment of Google at Workplace 6. We are also pleased to offer a sneak preview of Ubanest, a brand new concept in student accommodation designed by Bates Smart in the Haymarket.

This year the event will be staged over the weekend of 6 and 7 November.



DARCH Bar brought to the Sydney Architecture Festival in association with DARCH and Tony Bilson.

A program of stimulating speakers and entertainment over 2 nights- at the Number One Wine Bar .

Book a table and enjoy a world class dining experience at the big dinner party or take your place at the bar for a more casual night and light snacks.

Stay tuned for a fascinating line up of speakers.

Open Studio and Practice Expo

Ever wondered what an architect’s office looks like, or how architectural concepts are conceived? The Sydney Architecture Festival provides an opportunity to visit architects’ offices and find out how the design process actually works. You will be able to speak to some of the staff in these leading practices and find out the answers to all the questions you have every wanted to ask about architecture. Many of the practices will also have on display models & images of their award winning projects.

You will be able to speak to some of the staff in these leading practices and find out the answers to all the questions you have every wanted to ask about architecture.

An exciting opportunity to visit some of the major practices in Sydney including …  FJMT ; Crone, Hassell, Cox, Mirvac, BVN and JPW

Advertisements for Architecture competition

On an international stage the global financial crisis and the current economic instability in Europe is shaping the built environment for future generations. Here in Australia, housing affordability, environmental sustainability and the development of regional and urban areas to house an increasing population are key issues currently facing everyday Australians.

Architecture plays a pivotal role in providing solutions to these concerns.

To promote this role to the wider community OpenHAUS Exhibitions and DARCH invites design professionals and design students to create an ‘Advertisement for Architecture’.

The most outstanding of these entries will be exhibited at the award winning Surry Hills Library and Community Centre , Sydney, Australia for the Sydney Architecture Festival 2010 and published in the accompanying catalogue.

Entrants are invited to submit an A0 advertisement that reflects upon:

……..Where we would be without architecture.

……..The status of architects as cultural iconographers, determinants of the built environment, image-makers and visionaries.

……..The changing role of the architectural profession over the 20th century and into the present millennium.

……..The creation of desire for architecture.

……..The promotion of a greater awareness of the role of the architectural profession both culturally and socially.

The advertisements are not intended to promote individual architectural firms but architecture as a ‘big idea’. They are an opportunity to reflect on how the profession has evolved and to generate creative and innovative ways of communicating the strengths of the profession to a wider audience.

The exhibition provides a chance to promote the architectural profession and engage with the public. It is an opportunity for established firms, emerging practices and architectural graduates and students to promote architecture to the public and in doing so create more opportunities for the profession to contribute to the built environment

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