Grimshaw and BVN to Design Parramatta's First High-Rise Public School

14:00 - 2 February, 2016
Courtesy of Grimshaw + BVN
Courtesy of Grimshaw + BVN

Grimshaw and BVN have won an international competition to redesign schools in Parramatta, a suburb in Sydney, Australia. Planned to be the state's first high-rise educational facility, the proposal combines the Arthur Phillip High School (APHS) and Parramatta Public School (PPS) into a 14-story building designed after the ‘Schools-within-Schools’ (SWIS) model - "a template which delivers learning in stages rather than via age groups."

Students Propose to Revitalize Sydney Opera House in 2015 MADE Program

08:00 - 31 January, 2016
© Prudence Upton
© Prudence Upton

The 2015 session of MADE—the Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange—has recently been completed and presented to the public. Established in 2013 by the Sydney Opera House, the MADE Program is an extracurricular experience for Australian and Danish students of architecture, engineering, and design.

Teams of five students are exchanged between Australia and Denmark and work in multidisciplinary teams of two architects, two engineers, and one designer for six weeks on a collaborative project aligned with Jørn Utzon’s Design Principles.

Maroubra House / Those Architects

17:00 - 21 December, 2015
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© Luc Remond

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia

08:00 - 21 December, 2015
Courtesy of  The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)
Courtesy of The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) has announced the fourth iteration of its annual pavilion series Fugitive Structures. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the pavilion centers around “the innovative use of bamboo, and [the architect’s] passion and self-imposed duty to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”

3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney

13:50 - 24 November, 2015
Courtesy of 3XN
Courtesy of 3XN

Update: 3XN's Quay Quarter Sydney has received final approval. The article below was originally published September 25, 2014, after the practice won the commission. New interior images have been added to the gallery.

3XN has won an international competition to design the “50 Bridge Street” tower and masterplan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. Just west of Jørn Utzon’s Opera House, the new tower will feature five rotating glass volumes, each equipped with a multi-level atria and views of the Sydney harbour. 

Exhibition Opening: UTS ISD 2015 Honours High School

07:32 - 7 November, 2015
HIGH SCHOOL - UTS ISD 2015 HONOURS EXHIBITION
HIGH SCHOOL - UTS ISD 2015 HONOURS EXHIBITION

A High School in the CBD?

The University of Technology Sydney would like to invite you to join us celebrate the Honours’ 2015 Interior and Spatial Design Thesis projects. The focus of this years undertaking aims to develop a public high school in Sydney’s CBD.

The high school encompasses the relationships between authority and an emerging sense of individuality, teachers and students, as well as parents and their teenagers. It is a space of rules and constraints to be determined, tested and broken. Beyond its gates, the school is ruled and regulated by the surrounding social and urban conditions. Pedagogically the school

Hudson Parade House / Corben Architects

17:00 - 5 October, 2015
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© Richard Glover

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Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects +16

Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN

17:00 - 24 August, 2015
© John Gollings
© John Gollings

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Balmoral House / Clinton Murray + Polly Harbison

17:00 - 22 July, 2015
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

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Inner City Warehouse / Allen Jack+Cottier

20:00 - 17 July, 2015
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© Castle+Beatty

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Orama Residence / smart design studio

17:00 - 16 July, 2015
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© Sharrin Rees

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Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates

17:00 - 22 June, 2015
© Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson

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Spiegel Haus / Carterwilliamson Architects

20:00 - 2 June, 2015

Naremburn House / Bijl Architecture

17:00 - 2 June, 2015
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© Katherine Lu

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Video: Universal Everything Turns Sydney Opera House into "Living Mural"

16:21 - 22 May, 2015

Universal Everything has transformed the Sydney Opera House into a "Living Mural," as part of Vivid Sydney. Drawing inspiration from the early pioneers of animation - Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney - the global animation studio first began to design their mesmerizing lightshow with a simple drawing. See it in fruition in the video above. 

House C3 / Campbell Architecture

21:00 - 18 April, 2015
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© Justin Alexander

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All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

13:10 - 17 April, 2015
Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock
Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock

From James Gulliver Hancock, author and illustrator of the All the Buildings in New York book and blog, comes All the Buildings in Sydney, a vibrant guide to Hancock's home town.

Packed full of idiosyncratically meticulous and colorful illustrations, the book provides a whimsical account of Sydney's architecture and history. From icons such as Utzon's Sydney Opera House to lesser known gems like Mark Foy's building opposite Hyde Park, to the terrace houses of inner city suburbs, All the Buildings in Sydney presents each building with care, detail, and an abundance of charm.

See more images from All the Buildings in Sydney, after the break…

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