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Exhibition Opening: UTS ISD 2015 Honours High School

07:32 - 7 November, 2015
Exhibition Opening: UTS ISD 2015 Honours High School, 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
Hudson Parade House  / Corben Architects, © Richard Glover
© Richard Glover

© Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover +24

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

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, 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
Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN, © John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +24

Balmoral House / Clinton Murray + Polly Harbison

17:00 - 22 July, 2015
Balmoral House / Clinton Murray + Polly Harbison, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Balmoral Beach, Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Clinton Murray, Polly Harbison
  • Design Team

    Nicholas Byrne, Vince Myson
  • Area

    1172.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +31

Inner City Warehouse / Allen Jack+Cottier

20:00 - 17 July, 2015
Inner City Warehouse / Allen Jack+Cottier, © Castle+Beatty
© Castle+Beatty

© Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty +32

Orama Residence / smart design studio

17:00 - 16 July, 2015
Orama Residence / smart design studio, © Sharrin Rees
© Sharrin Rees

© Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees +29

Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates

17:00 - 22 June, 2015
Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates, © Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson

© Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson +15

Spiegel Haus / Carterwilliamson Architects

20:00 - 2 June, 2015

Naremburn House / Bijl Architecture

17:00 - 2 June, 2015
Naremburn House / Bijl Architecture, © Katherine Lu
© Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu +30

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
House C3 / Campbell Architecture, © Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander +18

All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

13:10 - 17 April, 2015
All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand, 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…

Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock +5

Video: Jørn Utzon's Nature-Inspired Sydney Opera House

18:00 - 7 April, 2015

Sydney Opera House recently created a video exploring how Jørn Utzon was inspired by the form and function of nature. While Jørn Utzon may not have seen himself as a pioneer of sustainable techniques, sustainability was inherent in his design philosophy. Watch the video above to learn more. 

The 4 Most Amusing Responses to Frank Gehry's UTS Business School

00:00 - 10 February, 2015
The 4 Most Amusing Responses to Frank Gehry's UTS Business School, © Andrew Worssam via The Guardian
© Andrew Worssam via The Guardian

Last week, Frank Gehry inaugurated his first building in Australia, with the formal opening of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS). As his first in the country, the building therefore offers an opportunity for a whole new corner of the world to weigh in with their opinions on the polarizing style of the world's foremost love-him-or-hate-him architect.

The resulting media flurry has provided a number of entertaining responses, both positive and negative. After the break, we round up some of the most amusing.

Call for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 "Disassemble"

00:00 - 22 January, 2015
Call for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 "Disassemble" , Courtesy of Project Archonic
Courtesy of Project Archonic

Sydney-based collective Project Archonic is currently accepting submissions for Archonic Magazine, a quarterly publication exploring the nexus between architecture, art, and design. Themed "Disassemble" and prompting creatives to deconstruct, re-evaluate, and reconfigure their surroundings, the publication marks the second issue compiled by Project Archonic, and is expected to launch in March 2015. Learn more about the publication and view spreads from the previous issue after the break.

Five Firms Selected for Final Stage of Sydney Art Gallery Expansion

00:00 - 19 January, 2015
Five Firms Selected for Final Stage of Sydney Art Gallery Expansion, Art Gallery of NSW. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC User Jason Starr
Art Gallery of NSW. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC User Jason Starr

Five practices have been selected to move on to the second stage of the Sydney Modern Project, a $450 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW). Of the twelve firms invited to participate in the competition, the five that will advance are: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA; Kengo Kuma & Associates; Kerry Hill Architects; RMA Architects (Rahul Mehrotra Architects); and Sean Godsell Architects.

Videos: The Best Architectural Firework Displays of New Year 2015

00:00 - 3 January, 2015
Videos: The Best Architectural Firework Displays of New Year 2015, © Flickr CC user Bengin Ahmad
© Flickr CC user Bengin Ahmad

As any self-respecting world city now knows, when the time comes to change the calenders, you'd better also have an iconic building from which to hang some fireworks. With people all over the world looking out for the most impressive New Year's celebrations, we've picked the most impressive architecturally-focused displays. Not surprisingly, Dubai - the world capital of "go big or go home" - probably had the most impressive show of the year, with a combined light-and-firework show to turn the Burj Khalifa into the world's largest celebratory canvas. However, a special mention goes to Paris' Arc de Triomphe, where a tasteful 14-minute light mapping display paid homage to the city's other great architectural works, from the Eiffel Tower to the Centre Pompidou, before moving onto stylized scenes of Paris life to bring in the new year.

Continue after the break for all the videos of the world's best New Year celebrations.