Open Agenda 2011

May 16, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor

Recent architecture graduates with an interest in speculative architecture and its role in design research are encouraged to enter UTS Architecture’s competition, Open Agenda.

The national competition, organised by the School of Architecture at UTS, encourages architecture graduates from Australia and New Zealand to consider the role of architectural practice in design research. Intentionally broad in scope, Open Agenda is “dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm”.

The competition aims to support experimental architecture and speculative ideas unconstrained by a specific agenda. First launched in 2010, the competition is open to Australian and New Zealand architecture graduates who completed their studies in the last ten years (2001 and after).

Text and graphic-based proposals can be submitted to Open Agenda, with each submission assessed according to the strength of the research topic, the innovative approach to design as research, design quality and the concept’s potential for development as part of a public exhibition, lecture and publication.

Three proposals will be selected for further development towards a publication, and public exhibition in Sydney later in 2011 – with each awarded $2000 to assist in developing the idea. Each team or individual will be given the opportunity to present a public lecture on the work, as part of the UTS public lecture series. The three designs will also be published in AR towards the end of the year.

*Registration for Open Agenda 2011 closes on Friday 27 May, and all proposals must be submitted by 30 May 2011. For more details and for submission guidelines, go to [“”:]*

Open Agenda Chair and Course Director for the Master of Digital Architecture at UTS, Anthony Burke, on this important new forum for architectural discourse: [“Anthony Burke on Speculative Architecture”:]

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