Unrealised Sydney talk: more and before

Architecture & Design Series

With Professor Robert Freestone

Discover incredible unrealised visions for the city of Sydney in an insightful talk by Robert Freestone, a Professor of Planning at UNSW and guest curator of the Unrealised Sydney exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.

Cities evolve as a dialogue between the possible and the actual, with change often contested. Unrealised Sydney presents a fascinating insight into the future of our city as it was imagined in the recent past. Ideas for new buildings and precincts can reveal much about the time of their conception: economic drivers, politics, technological change, and prevailing views on society, environment and design. 

In this public talk, Professor Freestone will discuss some unbuilt Sydney projects not covered in the exhibition as well as delve back in time to examine schemes for ‘the Sydney that might have been’ that predate World War II. 

Guests can enjoy exclusive after hours access to view the Unrealised Sydney exhibition prior to the lecture from 6pm. The talk will run from 6.30pm–7.30pm.


About Professor Robert Freestone

Robert is a Professor of Planning in the School of Built Environment in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Institute of Australian Geographers, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His books include Designing the global city (2019), Urban nation (2010), Talking about Sydney (2006), Designing Australia’s cities (2005) and Human scale in architecture (2003). Read more.

Booking essential

Free event

When & where

Wednesday 14 September 2022 

Museum of Sydney
Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets
Sydney NSW 2000
P: 02 9251 5988


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