The Sydney Architecture Festival is taking on a new, long weekend format this year. Where it used to sprawl over a leisurely week-and-a-half, it’ll now be packed into an intense, exciting four-day program. And there’s also a new boss in charge, in the form of Archrival, a Sydney-based collective of young creatives, working alongside JOC Consulting.
Headlining the festival is an all-day public extravaganza, dubbed #TheGoods and happening on Saturday, October 3. It's the first major event to activate the new Goods Line and will feature architecture-related talks, symposiums and installations as well as more tangential yoga, tai chai, a zine fair and a short film festival.
Before that, on Friday, October 2, the Festival will launch with three major events: the announcement of the winners of George Street 2020; a panel discussion about the future of Sydney homes featuring architects Guy Luscombe and Bradley Swartz, as well as Greens Senator Scott Ludlam; and an evening Q&A at Customs House with Joe Snell (House Rules), Peter Maddison (Grand Designs Australia) and Tony Been (Houzz).
Meanwhile, Sunday, October 4, will be tour day, with three guided journeys planned, covering the future of the Sydney skyline, the regeneration of the city’s inner suburbs and a behind-the-scenes look at some innovative architects’ homes. Finally, Monday, October 5, will be dedicated to the theme of Go Global and will see an industry summit, as well as TED-style talks, exhibitions, discussions and videos.
Image: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, designed by Frank Gehry. Photo by Andrew Worssam.