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The Festival of Urbanism iv and City Road Podcast Launch

When: Mon 31 July, 6.30-8pm.
Refreshments served from 6pm.
Where: SYDNEY NANOSCIENCE HUB Lecture theatre 4002 (Messel), Physics Road, The University of Sydney
This is a FREE event, however please register as places are limited

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How do we navigate the post-truth landscape? Join SMH columnist Elizabeth Farrelly and Professor Peter Phibbs, the University of Sydney, as they fact check current urban planning debates and launch The Festival of Urbanism iv.

Official launch address from Richard Miles, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education - Enterprise and Engagement), University of Sydney.

We invite you to nominate documents for fact checking submissions close Monday 17 July.

Raising the Bar Sydney 2016: Lian Loke - Can technology turn us into elite athletes?

Whether it be a Netflix binge, essay deadlines or online gaming, we tend to think that today’s technology is making us lazier and less active. But is this actually the case? In this talk, Lian will explore a more positive view of technology, and how you can use it to help increase your physical activity.

If you missed Lian's talk you can check out the podcast here.

Festival of Urbanism 2016

Program runs between 1-12 August
Selected venues within
The University of Sydney and Redfern

Program information and registration here

City Limits.
A series of talks and conversations on planning and making our cities.
Sydney is a global city undergoing rapid development.
Densities, transport infrastructure and green spaces are now pushed to the limit.
What impact can intelligent planning and new technologies have to transform rapid urban growth into improved quality of life for city residents?
The festival provides a platform for a range of views, academic reflection and critique, international expertise and experience and community discussion to challenge practice and define approaches that maximise the public interest and benefit.
Let us change your view of the city.
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July: Symposium
Aquarius Redux - Rethinking Architecture’s Counterculture

4 - 5 July 2016
Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
University of Sydney

Aquarius Redux Website

Aquarius Redux seeks to revisit, reconsider, reimagine and expand histories of countercultural architecture.

Moving beyond extant readings of psychedelic design, communal dome building and failed utopian dreamers, this symposium will examine how more nuanced accounts of counterculture can inform the history, practice and discipline of architecture.

1-4 June: Media Architecture Biennale (MAB16)
Digital Placemaking

1-4 June
The Concourse, Chatswood
Sydney NSW

More information

MAB16 Website

"Keeping urban communities engaged is essential to creating liveable cities" says Dr Martin Tomitsch, Head of Design Lab at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney and General Chair of The Media Architecture Biennale 2016.
Come June 2016, the Media Architecture Biennale (MAB16) will project Sydney into the digital media spotlight. From June 1st, The Concourse in Sydney's Chatswood will host the world's leading experts in architectural digital technology for 4 days of conferences, seminars and symposia designed to discuss, assess and debate the impact of digital technology in the future design and development of smarter and more liveable cities.

Green Cities Conference 2016

Conference: 22-24 March 2016
The Hilton
Sydney, NSW 2000


The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning was proud to be the official Education Partner for the Green Cities Conference 2016.

Co-hosted annually by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Property Council of Australia (Property Council), Green Cities is Australia’s premier sustainability conference for the built environment.

On 22 – 24 March 2016 we marked a decade of Green Cities, at the Hilton Sydney, with three days of practical site tours, hands-on masterclasses, fun networking events and inspiring speakers.

Over the past decade, we've connected the industry with great thinkers and challenged everyone to go beyond. But this year, we dialled things up and presented a conference of disruptive ideas. After all, disruption stands at the intersection of innovation and business-as-usual. A catalyst for change, disruption changes the way we look at things – challenging and creating, sparking new ideas and exposing new possibilities previously unimagined.

ROB | ARCH 2016 - Robotic Fabriction in Architecture, Art and Design

Pre-Workshops: 13-14 March
Workshops: 15-17 March
Conference: 18-19 March
Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay
Sydney, NSW 2000


Rob|Arch 2016 took place 13 - 19 March 2016 in Sydney Australia, with Dagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders, Marjo Niemelä and Jane Burry of the University of Sydney as conference chairs.

The adoption of digital fabrication in the creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is being harnessed. ROB|ARCH2016 provided hands-on experience with the most recent robotic technologies as well as a platform for dissemination and an opportunity for researchers and industry to exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and forge new connections.

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