A joint venture between the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) and the NSW Architects Registration Board, Sydney is now gearing up for the 2011 Sydney Architecture Festival, the 10 day celebration of architecture that commences with an opening party at Customs House Sydney on October 20th and will end on October 30th.
Australia’s only Architecture Festival stimulates debate and offers fresh perspectives about what constitutes good architecture and design and how to create a sustainable, healthy and culturally rich built environment. The 5th annual event offers the chance to engage with ideas and architectural inspirations from around the world, and this year promises several new and exciting ways to engage in conversations about our city with events in venues across Sydney – tours, talks, workshops, exhibitions, lectures, films and children’s activities. More event description after the break.
The Festival takes place on both streets throughout Sydney and at 20 leading cultural institutions including CarriageWorks, Customs House, Sydney Opera House, Museum of Sydney, Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts and the University of New South Wales.
The laneways and public spaces in the CBD will be taken over by architectural installations created by students of the built environment from the University of New South Wales as part of the STREETWORKS exhibition.
Australia’s next generation of architects and built environment practitioners will also showcase models and videos of their work as part of two exhibitions at the
Customs House: the annual Open Agenda exhibition and the Australian Institute of Architects Design Medal and NSW Architects Registration Board Architects Medallion.
The Freshlatino talk by Spanish architect Andres Jacque at the Cervantes Institute offers international insights into local architectural issues. This event considers new approaches to the complexities of contemporary city living, with Jacque presenting 14 projects by Ibero-American architectural practices that integrate contemporary art, performance and architecture.
Tours by bicycle and on foot will be led by architecture experts, taking in the streets of the CBD and the Inner West. Highlights include the recently completed Sydney Opera House refurbishment, outstanding examples of historic brick buildings throughout the CBD and Sydney’s biggest terrace in Millers Point.
Nine exhibitions exploring a range of architectural themes will be presented as part of the Festival. German Modernism is the focus of two free exhibitions at the Goethe Institut exploring the UNESCO World Heritage listed Berlin housing estates built between 1913 and 1934 and the work of eminent modernist architect Bruno Taut.
The full program (including dates, times, venues) for the 2011 Sydney Architecture Festival can be viewed here.