Distance Looks Back

Wednesday 10th July

TOUR 1

The City, Sydney

A thorough introduction to Sydney, this walking tour will reveal the patterns and forces that shape the city.

Through a process of decoding and re-reading the city, we explore Sydney in terms of the forces that have shaped it over time - ecological, political, economic, cultural - and by extension shaped many of the architectural and designed outcomes.

We will focus on the defining urban and architectural elements of the city-centre and George Street, including works by FJMT, Ingenhoven Architects, Denton Corker Marshall, Harry Seidler and Pritzker-Prize Laureate Renzo Piano.

DURATION

10am – 1pm

YOUR GUIDE

Benjamin Driver is an architect and urban designer with a passion for the way cities are made, how we live sustainably in them and how they are accessed and shared in a democratic manner. Having practiced for more than a decade at Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, he keeps a keen critical eye on the public domain and the way in which architecture, politics and society contribute to and exist within the urban environment.

TOUR NOTES

9:45am meet at Customs House, Circular Quay, for 10am start. Finish at Macquarie Street, at the corner of Bent Street.

Attendees will receive a complimentary map summarising the route and highlighting key protagonists.

COST

$49 / pp

BOOKING

This is a Sydney Architecture Walks (https://www.sydneyarchitecture.org) tour, run exclusively for the Distance Looks Back conference. Book with SAW here:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-city-sydney-tickets-62713312205

TOUR 2

Modern Sydney

Guided by the spirit of interwar modernity, this walking tour will trace a lazy path through the guts of Sydney from Hyde Park to the Sydney Opera House.

Exploring urban and architectural ideals at the heart of modernism, together with ideas borrowed from great early 20th Century cities in Europe and North America, this tour will discuss the mediating factors of distance, culture, technology, politics and the environment as we trace the impact of modernity within contemporary Sydney.

Modernism's twin strands will guide us. On the one hand, Art Deco, a decorative popular style that was also connected to the machine aesthetic, is beautifully explored in Sodersten's QBE Building and Delit’s Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park. We will look further at some inspiring examples of the work of modern architects such as Harry Seidler, finishing with seminal projects by Piano and Utzon where the ambition of a new generation of modernists reached its zenith.

DURATION

2pm-5pm

YOUR GUIDE

Eoghan Lewis is a practising architect and educator. He is the principal of Eoghan Lewis Architects (eoghanlewis.com.au) and Sydney Architecture Walks (SAW). Through his practice he creates parts of the city. Through SAW he shares his understanding and enthusiasm for the city and the architecture, art and design it houses.

TOUR NOTES

1:45pm meet at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, for 2pm start. Finish at the Sydney Opera House.

Attendees will receive a complimentary map summarising the route and highlighting key protagonists.

COST

$49 / pp

BOOKING

This is a Sydney Architecture Walks (https://www.sydneyarchitecture.org) tour, run exclusively for the Distance Looks Back conference. Book with SAW here:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/modern-sydney-tickets-12850473111

TOUR 3

Pier Luigi Nervi in Australia

This tour explores Pier Luigi Nervi’s work in Australia, focusing on the fruitful collaboration between Nervi and Harry Seidler. The tour will include an exclusive preview of the exhibition “Design in Italy, Made in Australia: The Australian Work of Pier Luigi Nervi” as well as visits to the impressive buildings that emerged from the collaboration, such as Australia Square and the MLC Centre.

DURATION

2pm-4.30pm

YOUR GUIDE

Paolo Stracchi is the curator of “Design in Italy, Made in Australia: The Australian Work of Pier Luigi Nervi.” He is an Architectural Engineer and Lecturer in Architectural Technology at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning of the University of Sydney.

TOUR NOTES

1.45pm meet in the Tin Sheds Gallery at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, for a 2pm start. The tour finishes at the MLC Centre in central Sydney.

This tour is limited to 12 persons.

COST

$10 (to cover transfer between the university and the city)

BOOKING

https://dlbpierluiginervitour.eventbrite.com.au/

TOUR 4

After the Kangaroo Grounds: University of Sydney campus

This walking tour will highlight the development of the University of Sydney campus, beginning in the 1850s, as an exemplary instance of colonial landscape planning, architecture and institutional formation. We will note the various efforts to build upon and recast its institutional identity over the succeeding 170 years by examining a series of buildings and sites. Stops on the tour will point to key themes in the development of architecture in Sydney and the relationship of those themes to the wider settler colonial project in Australia.

DURATION

2pm-4.30pm

YOUR GUIDE

Dr Cameron Logan is an urban and architectural historian and director of the postgraduate program in Heritage Conservation in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. His work is concerned with civic culture, public architecture and the political, architectural and urban implications of heritage conservation practice.

TOUR NOTES

1.45pm meet in the Level 2 lobby of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney for a 2pm start. Tour finishes at the same location.

This tour is limited to 12 persons.

COST

Free

BOOKING

https://dlbkangarootour.eventbrite.com.au/


Sunday 14th July

TOUR 5 

Architectural Highlights of Canberra

This tour offers an unmatched introduction to Canberra’s architectural highlights, focused on its evolution as a ‘city in the landscape’ and its role in pursuing a design ideal. The tour takes in exemplary Australian Modernist and Brutalist works as well as more recently awarded contemporary projects and public realm design. Highlights include:

  • Mt Ainslie Land axis overview of Canberra as a designed city, envisioned in the 1911 competition winning entry by architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney.
  • Australian Parliament House 1988 by Mitchell, Giurgola and Thorpe Architects
  • National Gallery of Australia and High Court precinct 1982/1980 by Edwards Madigan Torzillo and Briggs Architects, Col Madigan, Chris Kringas with Harry Howard Landscape Architects
  • National Portrait Gallery precinct 2008 by JPW Architects, Richard Johnson
  • Commonwealth Place 2002 by Durbach Block Architects with Sue Barnsley Design
  • Bowan Place Crossing Urban Design 2015 by LahzNimmo Architects with NCA
  • Canberra Glassworks adaptive reuse 2008 by Tanner Architects, Jocelyn Jackson.
  • Dickson Library 1968 by Enrico Taglietti Architect
  • Arboretum and pavilions 2013 by TZG Architects Peter Tonkin and Taylor Cullity Lethlean Landscape Architects
  • Shine Dome precinct 1959 by Grounds Romberg and Boyd Architects, Roy Grounds
  • University House precinct 1954 by Brian Lewis Architect
  • Nishi New Acton precinct 2011/2015 by Molonglo Group with Fender Katsalidis Architects, Suppose Design Office, March Studio, and Oculus.

DURATION

Saturday post Conference travel to Canberra and overnight stay at University House ANU (recommended) followed by Sunday 10am – 5pm guided bus tour.

YOUR GUIDE

The tour will be conducted by Canberra architect Ann Cleary, who is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and Senior Lecturer in the architecture program at the University of Canberra. Ann was involved in the Parliament House project over many years and has presented talks on many of the city’s architectural exemplars. Ann’s various roles in relation to the city include co-director of the 2013 AIA Centennial Program and contributor to evolving urban public realm initiatives.

TOUR NOTES

Expected Itinerary:

Saturday: afternoon / evening participants arrive at University House accommodation

Self-directed eateries in nearby Nishi New Acton precinct.

10am Sunday: Ann will meet participants at University House foyer for overview of precinct. 

Tour commences with Mt Ainslie land axis overview followed by National Triangle architectural exemplars and then Kingston, Dickson and Arboretum projects as time and weather conditions permit. Lunch will be held somewhere on the tour, e.g. the cafeteria at the National Gallery of Australia. Please bring a warm coat.

This tour is limited to 16 persons.

COST

$90 / pp (includes tour guide and bus travel around Canberra)

Participants arrange their own travel to/from Canberra, an approximately 3-hr drive from Sydney.

Car (Hire or Go-Get), bus, or train and flight options are available. Bus (e.g. Murrays) is usually the cheapest option (return fares approx. $88 leaving Sydney Central Station at 3pm and Canberra 5pm), but bookings should be made well in advance.

Accommodation for Saturday 13th is recommended at mid-century modern University House.

Options include:

  • Standard room (approx.) $150.00 bed and breakfast – per room – single occupancy
  • Queen room (approx.) $175.00 bed and breakfast – per room – single occupancy

Alternate accommodation:

  • Ovolo Nishi – part of the redeveloped NewActon Precinct - within walking distance of University House. Double room (approx.) $220.00

BOOKING

https://dlbcanberratour.eventbrite.com.au/