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Sydney Open presents Talks: Public Sydney - Series Ticket
Sydney Open showcases the best of Sydney’s architecture and takes you behind the scenes of this extraordinary city.
Join leading experts and commentators as they discuss Sydney’s public spaces while exploring the historical and contemporary perspectives of the architecture, heritage, design and development of the city.
In eight thought-provoking conversations eminent historians, writers, architects and social commentators will discuss the themes of play, govern, work, meet, move, worship, trade and green.
Tuesday 7 August
Dr. Shirley Fitzgerald | Freelance Public Historian
Suzie Matthews | Manager, Late Night Economy & Safe City
How do we use our cities to play? What spaces do we create or occupy in pursuit of recreation in the urban landscape and what does this tell us about who we are and how we think about ourselves and our city? Join Dr Shirley Fitzgerald and the City of Sydney’s Manager, Late Night Economy, Suzie Matthews for historical and contemporary insights into how Play has defined the public life and design of Sydney.
Tuesday 14 August
Peter Mould | NSW Government Architect
Graham Jahn AM | Director, City Planning, Development & Transport, City of Sydney
As the polis, the city’s very existence is grounded in concepts of power and government. A city’s landscapes– past and present – are loaded with political meaning. So what do Sydney’s public spaces and buildings tell us about the Sydney as polis? From the site of the now demolished first government house to the future of transport infrastructure, former Government Architect Peter Mould and Director, City Planning, Graham Jahn will shed light on the architecture of government in Sydney.
Tuesday 21 August
James Grose | National Director BVN Architects
Gideon Haigh | Writer and Journalist
The city is a place of work and city streetscapes and skylines speak volumes about the changing the nature of our work-lives. From finger-wharves to skyscrapers Sydney’s workers have been housed in diverse ways that reflect not just where we work but transformations of how we work - from the office to online. Architects James Grose and Gideon Haigh will look at how we design our cities and our workplaces.
Tuesday 28 August
Dr Lisa Murray | City Historian; Chair, Board of Trustees, Dictionary of Sydney
Patrick Fensham | Principal and Partner, SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd
From the Roman Forum to Occupy Wall Street; the Market Square to the Cineplex - cities bring people together – to govern, protest, trade, play and more. A city’s public meeting places tell us a great deal about ideals for public life their success or failure. City of Sydney City Historian Dr Lisa Murray and Principal and Partner, SGS Economics &Planning Patrick Fensham offer two perspectives on Sydney’s meeting places past and present.
Tuesday 4 September
Dr Robert Freestone | Professor of Planning & Urban Development, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales
Nicole Gardner | Lecturer, Design, Architecture and Building, UTS
Gridlock is a defining feature of the modern city. How do we respond to the need to move in and out of our metropolis? What influence does transport play in the changing nature of the public face of our cities? Nicole Gardner has designed transport infrastructure projects for Sydney, London and Adelaide; she will be joined by UNSW’s Dr Robert Freestone, Professor of Planning and Urban Development to explore how the need to move – people, goods, ideas shapes Sydney.
Tuesday 11 September
Professor Hilary M Carey | Ourimbah Director Research Development, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Rev Graham Long | CEO/Pastor, The Wayside Chapel
City of God? In contrast to the city’s profane preoccupations – trade, government and entertainment, the need for places of worship and succor has influenced Public Sydney since its origins. Join President of the Religious History Association Professor Hilary M Carey and CEO and Pastor of the Wayside Chapel Reverend Graham Long as each provides insight into role of worship in the life of the city.
Tuesday 18 September
Ian Innes | Assistant Director, Heritage and Portfolios, HHT
Rod Simpson | Director, simpson+wilson architecture+urban design
What is a green city? An elegant landscape of parks and gardens? An innovative response to issues of sustainability? An oxymoron? And which is Sydney? Hear HHT Assistant Director Ian Innes and HHT Trustee and Sydney University Associate Professor in Urban Design Rod Simpson propose two different responses to idea of Sydney as a green city.
Tuesday 25 September
Michael Lech | HHT Curator, Collections Online
Andrew Robertson | General Manager, Westfield Development & Asset Management
What is the relationship between commerce and the architecture of a city? Established as trading port and cog in a vast colonial economy it could be argued that trade is the defining feature of Sydney’s public face. For better or worse? Hear HHT Curator, On-line, Michael Lech and Project Director for the Westfield Group Andrew Robertson investigate the relationship – past and present - between trade and the shape of the city.
In partnership with the NSW Architects Registration Board
Architects attending the Sydney Open talks can claim informal CPD points
This is a licensed event. Proof of age will be required to purchase alcohol.
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