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The Guide: Neighbourhood Watch

Marking it’s 10 year anniversary, the Sydney Architecture Festival is back over four jam-packed days. Expect a high voltage program of guided tours, talks, exhibitions and installations focusing on architecture, design and city planning. We’re excited to be involved in the Festival’s program for the first time with our monthly Insight event taking place on Saturday 1 October at the Golden Age Cinema. Other program highlights include:

Swamp, Squat, Skol: journey through the backstreets of Chippendale to the birth of Australia’s drinking culture. Once a hotbed of crime, Chippo’s now an artistic hub. Hear its history come to life with an audio tour produced by ABC Radio National especially for the Festival;

Pod Life: literally walk inside some the latest thinking from architects designing new and different kinds of housing;

Luxe Lifestyle: Share Workplace Sanctuary: experience an exclusive free tour of award-winning workplace, Paramount by The Office Space, Surry Hills. Since opening in June 2015, the workplace, designed by global architectural firm Woods Bagot, has won a slew of awards including the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Award, NSW Architecture Award, and Darch Horse Award. It is also shortlisted for the prestigious international INSIDE World Festival of Interiors Award (office category), to be announced in Berlin later this year;

Culture Scouts: meander through the backstreets of inner city neighbourhoods to experience laneways with knockout street art and incredible buildings off the beaten track. When: 30 September – 1 October (see here for program details) For ongoing Culture Scouts tours visit – http://www.culturescouts.com.au/#tours LINK! Where: inner city surrounds

Discover the edgier pulse of Sydney: Peddle or wander around the city on regular monthly Sydney Architecture Walks. Architects deliver punchy commentary on the lay of the land, citing stories on the evolution of the city’s planning and the forces that continue to drive its development (political squibbles, recessions, booms and trends – they cover them all).

Highlights include: On foot: Art, Place and Landscape: examines the city through its evolving attitude to the design of it’s public domain. It maps contemporary architectural, sculptural and urban projects whilst considering the role of art and design in the creation of some of Sydney’s best loved and most used public spaces. Particular attention is paid to projects by Brett Whiteley, Janet Laurence, Hossein Valamanesh, Lippmann Associates, Simeon Nelson, City Projects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Harry Seidler, Tom Bass & Hassell Architects.

Modern Sydney: traces a modernist path from Art Deco buildings to Seidler’s streamlined beacons on the cityscape.

On wheels: These tours explore rapidly changing inner-city suburbs with a working-class heartbeat, weaving a burgeoning narrative through the journey.

Three Suburbs South 1: peddle through the rapidly gentrified suburb of Surry Hills, and those hot on its tail: Redfern and Chippendale. Discover projects including small back lane renovations, houses (including the the 2011 WAF Best House in the World), repurposed, public and cultural buildings, and important indigenous sites. Discussion ranges from social housing to gentrification.

Three Suburbs Central: gliding south from Darling Harbour to Chippendale, the route and the conversation is structured around a number of contemporary architectural and urban projects, contested sites and politically charged themes. They include: recent headline projects by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Durbach Block Jaggers and DCM together with some of Sydney’s local heroes: William Smart, CHROFI, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Aspect, FJMT, Silvester Fuller and others. For tour dates visit Sydney Architecture Walks. Header Icon

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