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December 2017
The Uni attends Asia-Pacific forum on urbanisation with UN agencies   View Summary
14 December 2017
Last month Associate Professor Paul Jones was invited by United Nations agencies UN-Habitat and UNESCAP to an Asia-Pacific forum in Bangkok to address the problem of rapid urbanisation in developing countries.
What councils can do to improve active living and health   View Summary
14 December 2017
For the first time Tamworth Regional Council held a workshop this week on how a healthy built environment can positively influence active living. It comes at a critical time with the rate of people who are obese in the New England region the third highest in NSW.
Floating sculpture of heritage escalators unveiled at Wynyard   View Summary
7 December 2017
The historic wooden escalators that served Sydney commuters at Wynyard Station for more than eight decades were removed this year. Now the iconic timber-structure has been reborn as part of a five-tonne floating sculpture that evokes past histories and future journeys.
November 2017
Future architects show design vision at graduate exhibition   View Summary
30 November 2017
Designs for the Bays Precinct, high-density housing, and public architecture around Sydney's Domain, Hyde Park and Oxford Street are among the architectural challenges that University of Sydney graduating students are presenting in the 2017 Architecture Graduate Exhibition.
The next masterminds of our digital future   View Summary
30 November 2017
A raft of new ideas across mobile apps, virtual reality and artificial intelligence were unveiled by University of Sydney final year students at the D17 Graduation Show last week.
Students use gravity to design complex sandstone structures   View Summary
20 November 2017
The Advanced Fabrication elective focussed on designing a compression-only vault; an arched structure using only gravity to hold sections together, rather than joining devices or an internal frame (similar to the Armadillo Vault at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture). Students were given a basic model and asked to design a formal and aesthetic arrangement of blocks based on the initial sketches. Blocks were to be designed as though they were cut in sandstone using a wire saw.
Dr Kazjon Grace secures research grant   View Summary
13 November 2017
Congratulations to Dr Kazjon Grace, Program Director, Bachelor of Design Computing, who has been successful in securing a research grant under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme for 2018. Grace received the $338,446 grant for his project Broadening Horizons: Using curiosity to diversify behaviour, which aims to explore how interactive systems can encourage their users to try new things.
2017 Architecture Graduate Exhibition   View Summary
9 November 2017
Each year the University of Sydney's Architecture Graduate Exhibition presents bold designs by final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, revealing the intellectual, technical, socially responsible explorations of a new generation of architects. This year's showcase, which officially opens on Thursday 30 November, is no exception.
Is Australia barking mad to restrict dogs from riding on public transport?   View Summary
9 November 2017
A University of Sydney study of Sydney dog owners has found that an overwhelming 95 percent of people are in favour of dogs riding on public transport, with more than half indicating they would do more activities with their hound if they were allowed.
October 2017
Alumni exhibit work by the sea   View Summary
30 October 2017
Bachelor of Design in Architecture alumni Sophie Lanigan and Isobel Lord's site specific pavilion Temple, has taken over part of Sydney's iconic coastline at Bondi as part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
2017 Lendlease Bradfield Scholarship recipient announced    View Summary
26 October 2017
Like stacking and removing books from a bookshelf, modular apartments and an underground modular network of electric vehicles are the centrepiece of Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholar Caleb Niethe's vision for Sydney.
Turnbull's government must accept responsibility for delivering an equitable NBN for all Australians   View Summary
26 October 2017
This week started with a fiery speech delivered by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. He said the NBN was a mistake, blamed the former Labor government for the set up, and described the NBN's business model as a "calamitous train wreck".
Student visions to future-proof Sydney as a global city   View Summary
24 October 2017
Seven architecture and engineering students have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation scholarship based on their inventive ideas for ensuring Sydney's future success as a global city.
Students work with Berlin architects to design mobile buildings    View Summary
12 October 2017
Students from the Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Design in Architecture recently had the opportunity to complete a five-day intensive studio with renowned international architects Martin Ostermannand Lena Kleinheinz. Co-founders of Berlin-based studio Magma Architecture, the pair are the recipients of the The Australian Institute of Architects Foundation's 2017 Droga Architects Residency. Magma Architecture is known for its unconventional and ephemeral approach to architecture, producing designs that are temporary, lightweight, and even mobile.
Alumnus Wins Prestigious Bruno Zevi Book Award   View Summary
5 October 2017
This year's International Committee of Architectural Critics (ICAC) have awarded the Bruno Zevi Book Award to alumnus Dr Chris Abel for his book The Extended Self - Architecture, Memes and Minds, (Manchester University Press, Manchester 2015). The award was announced at the CICA Symposium held within the UIA World Congress Seoul. The jury, headed by the renowned architectural historian and critic Joseph Rykwert, unanimously agreed on the award. Chris's book The Extended Self was based on his PhD work conducted at the Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning under the supervision of Associate Professor Chris L. Smith.
Leslie Stein launches best practice planning book   View Summary
3 October 2017
Leslie Stein, Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning, has brought together 7 years of research into the planning practices of 80 countries in his new book, Comparative Urban Land Use Planning: Best Practice.
September 2017
University of Sydney alumna named in Variety's 10 Virtual Reality Innovators to Watch   View Summary
18 September 2017
The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning congratulates Master of Design Science alumna, Sally-anne Kellaway, who has recently been recognised by Variety magazine as one of their top 10 Virtual Reality Innovators to Watch.
Save the date. Our annual grad shows are back.   View Summary
7 September 2017
We're excited to announce the dates for this years' annual graduation exhibitions. Expanding in size and quality every year, the opening nights are a celebration of the unwavering dedication and enormous achievements of our students. Show your support and join the celebrations.
2 University of Sydney students win 2018 MADE scholarships   View Summary
4 September 2017
The Sydney Opera House has announced the Australian students selected for the 2018 MADE by the Opera House scholarship, the international exchange that extends architect Jørn Utzon's collaborative approach to architecture, engineering and design.
August 2017
Australian pilot study into activity-based working announced   View Summary
31 August 2017
The University of Sydney, in partnership with Southern Cross University and global interior design firm Cachet Group, will undertake a collaborative research project to assess the impact of activity-based working in Australian offices.
The NBN rollout has failed. Here's how we fix it   View Summary
28 August 2017
Telecommunications infrastructure — or the internet — is the backbone of the knowledge economy and critical to shaping smart cities.
Intensive Architecture Studio Workshop with Professor Tom Heneghan   View Summary
21 August 2017
Professor Tom Heneghan from the Tokyo University of the Arts was recently invited to Sydney to lead a week-long intensive architecture studio, exclusively for the first cohort of students in the new Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)/Master of Architecture double degree.
Students collaborate on a vision for future shopping environments   View Summary
10 August 2017
Presented in conjunction with global digital agency, Wunderman-Bienalto and Woolworths Digital Innovation, students from the University of Sydney recently participated in a 13-week design studio to develop a vision for future shopping environments.
University of Sydney urban planning professor nominated for top UK research award   View Summary
3 August 2017
Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia and Hong Kong by Nicole Gurran (the University of Sydney), Nick Gallent (Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) and Rebecca Chiu (Department of Urban Planning & Design (Hong Kong University) is nominated for a top national research award in the United Kingdom.
Why I'm angry about the city I love   View Summary
3 August 2017
Dr Elizabeth Farrelly sets the scene for how planning might navigate the post-truth political landscape in her keynote talk at the launch of the University's Festival of Urbanism iv on Monday 31 July.
Design Computing graduates win prestigious award for second year running   View Summary
3 August 2017
Congratulations to Bachelor of Design Computing graduates Isabella Bain, Chris Simpson and Zachary Bacon for winning the Best Student Entry at the 23rd AMY Awards. Presented by the Digital + Technology Collective, they are the longest running and most celebrated awards in Australia's digital industry.
July 2017
The Festival of Urbanism navigates post-truth politics to expose the facts   View Summary
27 July 2017
The University of Sydney Festival of Urbanism returns for the fourth year to expose the real historical, political and economic forces shaping cities and urban life in an era of post-truth politics.
University of Sydney Architecture Student Genevieve Revels in Experience of Glenn Murcutt Masterclas   View Summary
27 July 2017
The second week of July saw the 2017 Glenn Murcutt International Masterclass come to the Eco Outdoor Waterloo showroom, which was transformed into a hub of architectural creativity.
Why cities are part of the climate change problem and solution   View Summary
26 July 2017
Climate change is often seen as a global issue, particularly in light of the US administration announcing its intent to withdraw from the Paris climate accord earlier this year. But major cities are a key part of both the problem and the solution to climate change, Professor Harriet Bulkeley from Durham University will argue at aUniversity of Sydney event this Wednesday.
June 2017
Design student ideas aid the delivery of better healthcare   View Summary
26 June 2017
A toy that reports a child’s behaviour, an interactive game that destigmatises mental health, and a virtual healing garden that cultivates patient feedback - these were among 24 ideas developed by University of Sydney students to aid in the delivery of better healthcare.
2017 NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards   View Summary
8 June 2017
Congratulations to all University of Sydney graduates and students who were recognised at 2017 Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards.
A Vivid moment for two architecture graduates   View Summary
1 June 2017
Two University of Sydney architecture graduates Benjamin Jay Shand and Nicolas Locane have erected their first Vivid sculpture - a mesmerising beacon of light that lures festival goers along Circular Quay to the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Research sets guidelines for India's building code to reduce energy consumption   View Summary
1 June 2017
A joint research project between India and Australia involving the University of Sydney has produced a new set of guidelines for India's building code that aims to reduce the energy consumption of the second most populated country in the world.
May 2017
The Form of the Informal   View Summary
25 May 2017
Students from the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning and the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), recently participated in a joint studio to study the informal settlement of Lebak Siliwangi in Bandung, the Indonesian capital of West Java province.
Australians' deep-seated fear of foreign investment in housing remains   View Summary
18 May 2017
A study of almost 900 Sydneysiders about their perception of foreign investors in the real estate market finds a deep-seated fear that Australian property is being bought and house prices driven by foreign and, particularly, Chinese investment.
Policy sentiment rather than substance for housing affordability   View Summary
16 May 2017
The Federal Treasurer clearly understands the housing affordability pressures facing moderate and low income renters and Australia's growing homeless. His budget speech set the scene for a package of measures to boost affordable housing supply and recalibrate demand settings. A record number of new and recycled measures recognise the spectrum of crisis housing to home ownership, but there's little in the way of substantive policy change.
VIVID Sydney: explore the highlights in science, design and music   View Summary
2 May 2017
Our staff, students and alumni will take part in VIVID Sydney from 26 May - 17 June 2017. The 23-day festival of light, music and ideas will showcase talent from science, design and music, highlighting the exceptional breadth of our community.
Students showcase their talent at DesignBUILD 2017   View Summary
2 May 2017
Eight architecture students at the University of Sydney have unveiled their winning designs for the upcoming DesignBUILD expo, opening Wednesday 3 May at Sydney's new Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.
April 2017
Australian governments are treading lightly around Airbnb   View Summary
26 April 2017
Australia, and particularly Sydney, is gripped by a housing affordability crisis. So the NSW government's omission of any concrete commitment to monitor the conversion of permanent rental housing to holiday accommodation, like Airbnb and Stayz, is concerning.
Dr Luke Hespanhol finalist for Rita and John Cornforth Medal   View Summary
26 April 2017
Congratulations to Dr Luke Hespanhol, lecturer in Design, who has been named a finalist for the Rita and John Cornforth University PhD Medal.
International fellowships to build an architect's view of humanities   View Summary
20 April 2017
Two prestigious Harvard University affiliated fellowships have been awarded to Professor Andrew Leach and Dr Jennifer Ferng in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
Penelope Seidler, architect, advocate and champion of the arts   View Summary
20 April 2017
We talk with Penelope Seidler AM about her extraordinary contribution to Australia's culture life which has been recognised with a 2017 Alumni Award by the University of Sydney.
March 2017
Meet Laura Palmer - a new addition to the University of Sydney's IEQ Lab   View Summary
28 March 2017
Laura Palmer, a life-size mannequin named after the fictional character from the 1990s American cult television series Twin Peaks, is the latest addition to the research team in the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab (IEQ) at the University of Sydney.
Georgia Forbes-Smith wins 2017 Architects Medallion   View Summary
28 March 2017
Congratulations to Master of Architecture Alumna Georgia Forbes-Smith who has won the prestigious 2017 Architects Medallion. Awarded annually by the NSW Architects Registration board, the prize recognises a NSW Master of Architecture graduate who has achieved distinction, both in a particular subject area at final level and generally throughout the last two years of their course.
13 staff join the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning   View Summary
21 March 2017
Thirteen new staff join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning to support the expanding research interests and growing student cohort that has increased by 35 per cent in five years.
New double degree attracts future leaders in architecture from around Australia   View Summary
14 March 2017
Angus Gregg from Perth and Clare Chuang from Brisbane have moved to Sydney to be among the first group of students to embark on Australia's new and only double degree in architecture at the University of Sydney. Demand for the five-year degree, with a limited intake, has exceeded expectations. The inaugural Program Director Dr Ross Anderson, from the University of Sydney's School of Architecture, Design and Planning, says the degree that combines the three-year Bachelor of Design in Architecture and the two-year Master of Architecture with honours embedded "has clearly appealed to the talented students for who it was conceived".
Architecture/Built Environment at Sydney Uni already 1st in Australia and rises to 15th globally   View Summary
8 March 2017
Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Sydney retains the number one spot in Australia for the second year and moves up two places to 15th globally, following the release of 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject today.
Architecture students learn 'real life' lessons from Yarrabah   View Summary
7 March 2017
The Indigenous community of Yarrabah, situated about 50km south-east of Cairns, was the focus of a design studio undertaken by University of Sydney architecture students who were given a unique opportunity to work with the local community on an affordable housing project.
February 2017
Why housing supply shouldn't be the only policy tool politicians cling to   View Summary
15 February 2017
The most popular government policy at the moment for solving housing affordability continues to be increasing housing supply. After a visit to the UK to look at this very problem, Treasurer Scott Morrison said:
The 'Ubers' of digital real estate have housing researchers wary   View Summary
14 February 2017
The rapid global expansion of the residential property market driven by the uploading of digital real estate in the last decade has housing researchers concerned. The globalisation of residential real estate through new digital platforms will be raised in a keynote address by the University of Sydney's Dr Dallas Rogers at the 2017 Australasian Housing Researchers conference at RMIT University in Melbourne on Thursday, 16 February.
Dynamic duo wins prize for best graduation work in global competition   View Summary
14 February 2017
Jonathon Donnelly and Jennifer McMaster, University of Sydney's 2015 graduates of the Bachelor of Design and Architecture (honours), are among eight winners from a field of 385 graduation projects submitted for Archiprix International 2017.
January 2017
The community impact of Airbnb calls for closer scrutiny   View Summary
19 January 2017
There needs to be closer scrutiny of the impact of online short-term home rentals following concerns over platforms such as Airbnb, new University of Sydney research finds.