Under the banner of Beyond Boundaries, the 2012 Sydney Architecture Festival (SAF) kicks off on 24 October with a snapshot from Super Sydney – a community-based project identifying challenges and aspirations to the city’s metropolitan areas through a series of conversations and interviews with local residents and professionals, carried out from June to October 2012.
Community engagement is the cornerstone of SAF’s greatly expanded program for 2012, the sixth year of this annual festival. More than eighty events citywide – from tours and talks to exhibitions and workshops – have been curated for design professionals and designophiles at large.
Key events include:
- Design Density Challenge run by the UTS School of Architecture
- International invited guest architect Ken Yeang – sustainability advocate and Pierre Monsat, deputy mayor of Paris, who will talk about the Paris Métropole organization
- Swiss Position – 33 takes on sustainable approaches to building – an exhibition of twenty years of architectural and engineering achievements from the perspective of architectural photographers
- Archikidz workshop for children (7–12 years) with architects
- Exhibition of Carterwilliamson’s Relief Shelter prototype in Martin Place
- EmAGN one-day photographic competition by DARCH (the NSW emerging architects network)
- Make Space for Architecture (MS4A) open conversation – Public Space, Private Interest
- Architecture on Show series of talks/Q&A forums with architects at municipal libraries
- Guided tour of the seminal Carlingford Homes display centre of the 1960s commemorating its fiftieth anniversary
- Third Landscape exhibition of future propositions in urbanism, architecture and the environment at the Tin Sheds Gallery.
The festival culminates in Sydney Open (2–4 November 2012) presented by Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. This biennial event unlocks the doors to seventy of the city’s most intriguing buildings – public and private, great and small, old and new.
Public buildings on the itinerary include 1 Bligh Street by Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects, Challenger Workplace by BVN, and St Andrew’s Cathedral School by Herbert F Hely and Noel Bell.
Contemporary private spaces offering tours by the architects or owners include BVN’s Sydney Studio, Lyons House by Robin Boyd, Roslyn Street Commercial by Durbach Block Jaggers, and The Shed by Richard Peters.