Stylish interior of living space with domed ceiling and walls

Smart Design Studio. Photo © Romello Pereira

Panel talks

Join us online for a series of inspiring livestreamed panel discussions and hear from leading architects, artists and curators on themes of identity, heritage, sustainability, placemaking and connecting to Country. 

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Creative Placemaking

Friday 5 November, 6pm–7pm

How can creative placemaking, informed by shared values, be a catalyst for positive change within our neighbourhoods, as a collaborative process between communities, developers and governments? In our opening night talk, hear from leading industry experts on how creative placemaking can be a force for positive change in a city that is starting to reopen. 

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Regenerate: Creating a Greener Sydney

Saturday 6 November, 11am–12pm

Described by the United Nations as a ‘code red for humanity’, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this year released an alarming report about the projected impacts of climate change on our planet. This talk examines what more should be done in our built and urban environment to help prevent the acceleration of global warming and draws on a diverse panel of First Nations leaders and prominent architects working in the area of sustainable practices. 

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Connecting with Country: First Nations Speaker Series 

Saturday 6 November 3pm–4pm

First Nations peoples have been caring for Country for more than 65,000 years, long before European intervention. How can we learn from this knowledge and experience by collaborating in our approach to planning, building and designing on Country? In this panel, speakers will reflect on the Government Architect NSW’s 2020 Connecting with Country Draft Framework as a basis for this discussion.

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The DNA of a City

Sunday 7 November, 3pm–4pm

What makes up the DNA of a city? This discussion will examine how our city’s built and natural environment shapes and informs our evolving identity as Sydneysiders. Bringing together a panel of artists, curators and academics with diverse perspectives on the notion of place, the talk will explore the layered and often unseen and forgotten histories of Sydney that help to make up the unique DNA of our city.

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Panel talk images (top to bottom): 1. Central Park. Photo © David Li Photography; 2. Exterior of Smart Design Studio. Photo © Romello Pereira; 3. Artwork Healing land, remembering Country, Tony Albert, 2020. View of installation at Elizabeth Farm. Courtesy Tony Albert and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums; 4. Gould bookstore, Newtown. Photo courtesy Vanessa Berry/Mirror Sydney