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The MLC Centre by Harry Seidler.

The MLC Centre by Harry Seidler. Image: Wikicommons

The free symposium Unsettled is rebooting in 2018 with contributors from the worlds of law, architecture, design and science to investigate Sydney’s infrastructure space on 19 July.

Unsettled 2: Choose Sydney, will be about “choice, discretion and compromise” in the city’s infrastructure space.

“Infrastructure distributes and encodes the flows of urban life through a series of predetermined choices,” write the organizers. “These flows are maintained or restricted through the careful deployment of passivity and control. In doing so, infrastructure reduces the complexity of the city into manageable urban forms. Knowledge, people, land, resources, emissions and products are extracted from their particular existence and reconstituted as parts. 

“What are these infrastructural systems, codes, standard and programs? What interests do they prioritise? Can they be co-opted, or should they be radically redesigned?”

Among the speakers will be architect Urtzi Grau, a senior architecture lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney’s school of architecture and the co-founder of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism. Grau, with FAAA, was a finalist in 2015’s Guggenheim Helsinki competition and this year was part of an architectural team that won a design competition for a new public library for the Lorenteggio district on the outskirts of Milan. He is currently completing his PhD at Princeton University School of Architecture on the 1970s urban renewal of Barcelona.

Dr Somwrita Sarkar, senior lecturer in architecture, design and planning at the University of Sydney will also be speaking. Sarkar’s research looks at complex systems and networks in various design, technological and biological domains. She is icurrently undertaking research into city science and urban computing, where she aims to develop novel data mining and computational methods for solving problems in urban design and planning.

Other speakers include Dr Timothy Baynes, of CSIRO Land and Water and the Australia National University’s College of Science, and Amelia Thorpe from the University of NSW’s Law school.

Unsettled 2: Choose Sydney will take place at 6.00 pm on 19 July at the CTA Business Club in the Harry Seidler-designed MLC Centre, Martin Place.

For further information head here, and book a place here.


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