- Article by Madeleine Swain
Returning this year from 10 to 19 October, the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas’ (SCCI) Architecture Hub brings leading architects, developers, designers, academics and other innovators to Sydney. Across 10 days, the SCCI Architecture Hub presents ground breaking, controversial and speculative ideas shaping the past, present and future of architecture in Australia and globally.
For its second iteration, the SCCI Architecture Hub is nearing capacity for 2019 with limited remaining tickets available. Since announcing its return in July, the hub’s curated thematic approach has resonated with an audience of inquisitive minds who will attend SCCI’s intimate, engaged and thought-provoking events.
SCCI Architecture Hub 2019 highlights:
- Distinguished international keynote speakers: Japanese architects, Sou Fujimoto and Jun’ya Ishigami; award-winning French architect, urban planner and educator, Odile Decq; from the Middle East, director of the Israel Museum, Professor Ido Bruno, and Iranian-Kurdish author, poet, film producer and human-rights defender, Behrouz Boochani.
- 30+ themed events: Keynotes, talks, films and panels including Architecture and Memory, Ar(t)chitecture, The Architecture of Justice, Architecture of Human Happiness, Architecture: The Picture of Health, Architecture Book Club, Form and Formative Years, Brutally Sydney and Bricks and Budgets: The Architecture of Investment.
- The Last Time I Saw Paris (Saturday 12 October) is a new addition to the events program. The speakers investigate Paris’ history of metamorphosis; Professor Francesca Hughes (UTS, Head of School of Architecture) is joined by renowned French architect and educator, Odile Decq (Studio Odile Decq and Confluence), with Tokyo- and Paris-based architect, Sou Fujimoto (Sou Fujimoto Architects).
- Ar(t)chitecture explores the intersection of art and architecture moderated by Alison Kubler. The panel features pioneering street artist, Anthony Lister, Italian-born, US-based architect Antonio Pio Saracino, founding director of Public Programs at New York’s High Line, Danya Sherman.
- Brutally Sydney looks at Sydney’s international significance as a Brutalist city, and the way this architectural aesthetic still shapes Sydney’s social, political, economic and Heritage debates. Speakers include Councillor Philip Thalis (City of Sydney), Phillip Arnold (Plus Minus Design), Simon Rochowski (studioplusthree) and Glenn Harper (PTW Architects and author of Sydney Brutalism: Lost and Legacy Projects), moderated by Rebecca Hawcroft (curator, ‘The Moderns’, Sydney Living Museums).
- Architecture of Justice investigates the role of architecture and design in Australia’s court system and beyond. The forum features Diane Jones (PTW Architects), Justice Melissa Perry QC (Judge of the Federal Court of Australia), Professor David Tait (University of Western Sydney) and former Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi AM QC (Wardell Chambers). The panel will be followed by Behrouz Boochani’s keynote address via live AV Link, in conversation with Julian Burnside AO QC (Barrister and Human Rights Advocate).
- The Architecture of Human Happiness explores the role of architecture and design in producing the psychological conditions for happiness and mental wellbeing. Professor Cameron Bruhn (University of Queensland) leads Adam Haddow (SJB), George Livissianis (2019 Interior Design Awards Winner) and evidence-based colour expert, Dr Zena O’Connor, in a discussion ranging from the built environment to psychological thinking.
- Bricks and Budgets: The Architecture of Investment gathers Dr Stanley Quek (Greencliff), Nikos Kalogeropoulos (The Molonglo Group), with Ed Lippmann (Lippmann Partnership), Gerard de Valence (UTS and University College London), Central City District Commissioner Peter Poulet (Greater Sydney Commission) and Sylvia Rosenblum (Eastside FM: Arts Wednesday) to investigate the interdependence of architecture and commerce in development and urban design.
- SCCI Architecture 2019 Films: SCCI will present two films as part of the 2019 program; Children Who Won’t Die: Arakawa & Madeline Gins will screen as part of the Form & Formative Years event (13 October). An annually commissioned AFTRS film, The Caretakers, will premiere 19 October, exploring spiritual architectural spaces via spoken and visual interventions from caretakers serving in an Islamic mosque and a Jewish synagogue in Sydney.
“As humankind comes to terms with massive population growth and the fragility of our planet’s resources, SCCI’s 2019 Architecture Hub continues to explore architectural styles, the growing impact of design in contemporary societies and the evolution of the built environment.” – Dr Gene Sherman AM, SCCI founder and executive and artistic director.
Read the profile of one of last year’s featured speakers, Gurjit Matharoo here.
And you can view the five-episode video series of the conversation with Gurjit here.
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a not-for-profit Foundation.
Remaining tickets for the SCCI Architecture Hub 2019 are available via phone 02 8376 0850 or online at scci.org.au
TICKET POLICY: In line with SCCI’s philanthropic mission, the majority of SCCI events are free and open to the public. Due to high demand, all bookings are essential by providing your credit card details. You will only be charged in the event of non-attendance. Tickets are transferable.
Image: Junya Ishigami – Serpentine Pavilion © Norbert Tukaj