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Design Innovation and Housing Choice in Redfern and Surry Hills

Organised as part of the 2019 Sydney Architecture Festival. 11 to 17 November

Quick Details

  • Price includes GST & wireless audio.
  • Led by architect Eoghan Lewis, founder of SAW and principal of ELA.
  • Nominated as one of the world’s top five architecture tours by The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Nominated as one of the world’s top ten architecture tours by The Guardian UK.
  • Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012-2018.

Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

Early Bird

Tour Details.

Set within the broader festival theme of housing affordability, this walking tour will focus on housing choice, housing innovation and projects that engage wholeheartedly in community building.

Over recent decades the inner-city, former working-class suburbs of Redfern, Waterloo and Surry Hills have undergone massive change. No longer associated with poverty or crime they now boast many of the city’s most popular cafes, bars and restaurants and have a thriving creative scene with something to be discovered around every corner. But at what cost?

As we explore these inner-city neighbourhoods, our route and conversation will be structured around a number of contemporary projects, contested sites, and politically charged themes. You will discover inspired renovations, new homes, infill developments on tiny sites, community-led initiatives as well as larger mixed-use developments, social housing schemes that push the box and inspiring public buildings as we discuss the new ideas shaping how we live in our private and public realms.

Several projects will provide opportunities to open up broader conversations around housing affordability allowing us to share some radically new development models as well as some of the fiscal and political factors affecting affordability including planning, land access, financial and legal factors and the political roles of city and state.

Architects also have an important role to play in conversations around affordability, housing typologies, social and economic mix as well as the qualities of streets and parks. To this end, we will discuss design innovations relating to sustainability, efficiency, interpretation of regulations, developer push-back, landscape integration and flexibility.

Meeting Point.

Prince Alfred Park & Pool – 105 Chalmers St, Surry Hills. There is a cafe outside the pool entry called ‘Pineapples by the Pool’ which should be open if you want to coffee up!

What Else.

  • This tour has been organised as part of the 2019 Sydney Architecture Festival – Making. Housing. Affordable.
  • If you have a Gift Card, enter the code in the next window.
  • Please bring your ticket for scanning either printed or on your phone.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to tour departure.
  • Tickets are transferrable and cancellable up to 72 hours before the event.
  • Whatever happens in regards to weather – we walk – so dress for the weather!
  • If for some reason the tour does not go ahead, you will receive a full refund. In this instance we would notify you at least 90 minutes prior to the tour by text message so a mobile number is requested in the next window.Further Enquiries.

Further Enquiries.

Email [email protected]

SAW is a member of Guiding Architects, the international network for high-quality architecture tours.