Archive 2008

Sydney Architecture Festival

Sydney Architecture Festival The second Sydney Architecture Festival will be held on World Architecture Day, Monday 6 October.

There are architecture activities planned throughout the day to suit all ages, from Lego building, through tours to a talk by Paul Keating in the Sydney Opera House.

The Sydney Architecture Festival is presented by the AAA in partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) and the NSW Architects Registration Board.

The AAA volunteer tour leaders will again be giving their time to run specially structured tours of the city’s architecture throughout the day, starting at Customs House, Circular Quay.

For a downloadable programme of the full day’s activities visit the Sydney Architecture Festival website on

Jean Nouvel's Louisiana Manifesto

Jean Nouvel Following two sold out Black talks in Sydney and Melbourne on 9 and 10 October, Jean Nouvel has kindly provided the English version of his Louisiana Manifesto for download (link to PDF).

Jean read from the Manifesto at the beginning of his talks as he outlined his architectural philosophy. A number of people have requested copies of the Manifesto since attending the Black talk.

During his brief Melbourne visit, this photo of Jean was taken by Peter Hyatt.

The Sydney talk was recorded by Andrew Marston for eClassroom and will be available online at the end of October, visit for more information.

Mayors revolt highlights need for AAA role

‘The role of the Australian Architecture Association is to explain architecture to the community so that we can improve the quality of our cities,’ claims AAA President, Mr James Grose.

As our cities become denser this role becomes more important according to Mr Grose who noted recent news that NSW Mayors are revolting against the State’s Planning Minister is an indicator of increasing pressure on the built environment.

‘The comments by the LGA President that, ‘for every Mum and Dad applicant there’s a mum and dad neighbour,’ highlights the need for more education about architecture,’ said Mr Grose

Read the AAA full news release here.