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Group Tours: City of Sydney Competitive Design Policy

Since 2000, all major projects in central Sydney have been the result of a design competition.

Sydney has experienced a boom over the last 20 years. Since 2000, all major public and private projects in Sydney’s Central Business District have been the result of a design competition. This is a policy unique to Sydney amongst the world’s cities.

This tour will look at a series of recent projects that have gone through this legislative process. A further project will be included to reflect on some of the benefits of closer client relationship through the design phase.

We will explore the ideas that drive these projects whilst offering a balanced and critical overview of a process that has changed the design and development culture of central Sydney. In particular we will look at the implications of Sydney’s competitive design processes on architectural practice, on design, sustainability and the quality of the public realm. Economic competitiveness, the implications of globalisation and the benefits and costs will be discussed as we discuss the dark art of city-governance and tease out Council’s legislative strategies and their implications on the city.

Projects covered include buildings by FJMT, Ingenhoven Architects and Pritzker Prize laureates Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers

Tour notes:
• Each attendee will receive a map of the tour with key points and protagonists noted as well as our SAW Mini-City guide

Tour add-ons:
• Coffee and lunch breaks

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