Sydney Architecture Festival explores: What make a building truly great? 

Forty-five years after it opened, Sydney Opera House is still arguably Sydney’s most impressive piece of architecture. This Sydney Architecture Festival program asks, “what makes a building truly great”? How do we preserve, protect and renew the enduring legacy of these modern monuments? Why are international architects still being promoted above Australian talent? And what outstanding examples of contemporary architecture are currently in the works by Australian practitioners? 

The 12th annual architecture festival will present a program of talks, tours and exhibits over four days (28 September - 1 October).  

Selected program highlights include:

  • The Social Value of Sydney Opera House presented by academic and designer Dr Cristina Garduño Freeman
  • What Makes a Building Truly Great? A panel discussion featuring renowned architects Richard Leplastrier, Brit Andresen and Peter Stutchbury – all recipients of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal
  • Sydney Opera House Renewal presented by the architects behind the latest plans, including Scott Carver, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Grimshaw Architects and Ashton Raggatt McDougall
  • Over the Fence – Parliament House a conversation between media presenter, and host of ABC TV’s The House, Annabel Crabb, and one of the original architects Ric Thorp AM to share never-before-told tales from the design and construction of this modern icon
  • Why Architects Matter presented by Professor Flora Samuel who is Vice-President for Research at RIBA and Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment at the University of Reading, UK
  • Ethics in an Age of Excess a panel discussion led by executive director of St James Ethics Centre Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Professor Flora Samuel, and critic Laura Harding and architect Shaun Carter. 

The festival also included the Architecture Symposium at the Art Gallery of NSW on Friday 28 September and World Architecture Day Oration on 1 October in the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House by New York based critic and writer Karen Stein.

ADC is participating in the Sydney Architecture Festival with the presentation of two iconic shellworks by Bidjigal artist and elder Esme Timbery of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, on loan from the Sydney Opera House Trust in Object Space

The Sydney Festival of Architecture is presented by the NSW Architects Registration Board.

Sydney Architecture Festival
28 September to 1 October 2018

Image: Esme Timbery, Untitled ‘Sydney Opera House’ (detail), 2002.  Photo: ADC 

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