Alex Davies, Tokyo, 2007



Oceanscapes: Cooperation across the Pacific, 22-26 April, 2014

The biennial conference of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies will be held at the University of Sydney from 22-26 April, 2014. Associate Professor Paul Jones, with Professor John Connell, will convene the session ‘Populations on the Move’, which will focus on urbanisation and migration.


Dr. Andy Inch, from the University of Sheffield, discusses his research on ordinary citizens’ interactions with planning processes, with implications for creating more just and democratic forms of planning.


In 2014, the exhibit for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale, Augmented Australia 1914–2014, will allow visitors to explore unbuilt contemporary and historical projects in 3D walkthroughs using a smartphone app. The exhibition is being curated by felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad. Dr. Lee Stickells has been invited to write an article for the catalogue that will accompany the exhibition.
More information is available here



Well-known Dutch architect Rudy Uytenhaak discusses how to increase city density while improving the public realm.


Nicole Gurran and Peter Phibbs

Read more at The Conversation



‘China plans 36 million affordable homes: lessons for Australia’

Nicole Gurran
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‘As engineers, we must consider the ethical implications of our work’

Abbas El-Zein
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Affirmative Architecture

Friday 8 November - Saturday 9 November 2013
Affirmative Architecture has been conceived as an annual event that seeks to define an emergent trend amongst young architects and designers to re-engage with the ability of architecture and the design process to make life better. Consisting of a symposium and associated exhibition it draws together international and Australian architects who have demonstrated commitment to a social agenda and have made significant contribution to the public realm. In a contemporary context, these practitioners have a positive consideration of social engagement, careful analysis of existing conditions and a deliberate, often challenging architectural response.
In 2013, University of Sydney Alumni and Staff including Dr Lee Stickells will join Professor Martyn Hook from RMIT University in convening Affirmative Architecture Sydney.
Curated as a series of interactive lectures and panel discussions the speakers describe their predominately built work and real projects that address real problems.
More Information: Tyin Architectes

State of Australian Cities Conference

On behalf of the State of Australian Cities Research Network (SOACRN), we invite you to participate in the 6th State of Australian Cities Conference, to be held in Sydney, 26-29 November 2013.
The SOAC Conference is the primary focus of the SOACRN and meets every two years at an alternating city around Australia.
Read more here


Launch of the Sydney Environment Institute

The recently launched Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) addresses the key questions of our time: how do we understand and redesign the fundamental relationship between human communities and the natural world that supports them; and how can people and societies adapt positively to environmental change? The Cities Network will be the urban research node of the SEI.

Not Quite Square

Friday 27 September - Friday 15 November 2013
As part of the User Generated Architecture exhibition at Tin Sheds Gallery (running until November 15th) Cities Network leader, Lee Stickells has curated an exhibition entitled Not Quite Square. Exhibition details at
Radio interview with Lee Stickells on ABC Radio National's By Design program here.

Media Facades Summit 2013, Hong Kong

26 October 2013
Organisers: M. Hank Haeusler and Martin Tomitsch
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Neoliberalism, Violence and Urban Governance in Latin American Cities

3rd September 2013,
5.30pm to 7.00pm
Refractory, Quadrangle
Professor Michael Humphrey
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, the University of Sydney
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Seminar: Housing discrimination in the rental market

Professor Peter Phibbs will be the discussant at a public seminar: "Housing discrimination in the rental market"
With speakers: Professor George Galster, Associate Professor Heather MacDonald, Dr Chris Martin.
28th August 2013
2:00pm – 3:30pm
University of Sydney – Wilkinson Building – Room 541
RSVP: Dallas Rogers


Baadlands: An Atlas of Experimental Cartography

Exhibition at Tin Sheds Gallery
In strict geological terms badlands refers to barren and eroded land, which is often punctuated by dramatic peaks and hoodoos. In common speech the term has come to refer to area one step removed from centralised rules and power, a place danger and secrecy but sometimes also freedom. Every city has its “badlands” places officially neglected and open to non-official uses and practices. In these areas normal rules do not always apply and the architecture of the city is often temporarily re-made in unexpected ways.
Read more here


‘THE HUMAN SCALE’ film screening

As part of the Sydney Film Festival, Lee Stickells hosted a Q&A with the director and producer for a sold-out audience of 200 people. THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.

A New Planning System For NSW: White Paper Panel Debate

13 June
Panelists include Deborah Dearing (strategic planning and urban design consultant); Stephanie Barker (A&E Design Studio); Geoff Turnbull (Redwatch); Sally Lewis (Walker Corporation); Nicole Gurran. Facilitated by Professor Peter Phibbs.


People Building Better Cities': Exhibition and Panel Discussion

April 12 to May 12, 2013
Verge Gallery, University of Sydney and Customs House
An exhibition and panel discussion at the University of Sydney looks at how that question has been answered in countries around the world. Convened by Peter Phibbs, Urban and Regional Planning, FADP and Director, Henry Halloran Trust.

Urbanisation in Thailand

Dr Paul Jones writes from Thailand about how urbanisation is unfolding in a diverse and increasingly interconnected Asia Pacific region. Read More


Cities Network member and Tin Sheds Gallery Director Zanny Begg recently launched the Emergen/city program, a series of four interlinking exhibitions that explore various ways in which we can approach life in the city. The program will involve exhibitions, symposiums, publications, lecture and performances that explore the problematic of life in contemporary cities and expands on an earlier project at Tin Sheds Gallery The Right to the City (2011) curated by Zanny Begg and Lee Stickells.
Read more here.

Media Facade Exhibition at Customs House Sydney

22 May - 1 July 2013
Curators: M. Hank Haeusler and Martin Tomitsch
More info at:

Lee Stickells was interviewed and cited by Business Review Weekly: ‘It’s James Packer vs architects on Barangaroo process’ (16 May 2013) Read More

Lee Stickells was interviewed by Channel Ten News: “Packer goes all in” (16 May 2013); “Video Extra: Winning Design” (16 May 2013) Watch the video


Lee Stickells convened Words and Buildings, workshop and public discussion, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 9 April 2013 (in partnership with MCA Australia, Australian Design Review Asia Pacific and Make Space for Architecture)

Dr Nicole Gurran, gave the keynote address at the Shelter NSW conference, exploring whether the new urban policy agenda facilitates planning for inclusionary communities. Read more here.


September 2012

Lee Stickells gave the key note address at ‘Temporary Architectures: Relational Infrastructures’Transiting Cities, Symposium at BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.

May 2012

Lee Stickells gave a lecture at ‘Tools for the Transitional City’, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand, May 3.

April 2012

Lee Stickells curated Urban Interventions, Make Space for Architecture pop-up gallery, The Rocks, Sydney, 13 – 22 April



Lee Stickells curated Hidden Sydney, Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney, 1 – 3 December


Lee Stickells gave a lecture at ‘Flow Urbanism’, The Rocks Interpretive Events Incubator Workshop, The Rocks Discovery Museum, 15 November


Lee Stickells was on the panel of ‘Interactivity and Public Space’, 23 September, Bulletin Place, Sydney


State of Asia and Pacific Cities Dr. Paul Jones is a member of the UNESCAP and UN-Habitat Expert Group on the condition of Asia and Pacific Cities, and attended a think tank session in Chang Rai, Thailand, to contribute to the forthcoming 2014/2015 Asia-Pacific Cities report. This assessment reviews and updates the comprehensive work contained in the earlier report on the The State of Asian Cities, 2010/11. Read more here


Lee Stickells gave a lecture at ‘Swiss Cheese and Beanbags: Producing Interior Urbanism’ at Monash Architecture Design Research Forum, Monash University, 12 November