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    Editor’s picks: our favourite 2017 Sydney Architecture Festival events

    Nicholas Rider

    The Sydney Architecture Festival will return for its eleventh year in 2017, presenting a program of architecture-focused talks, tours and exhibitions.

    This year, the festival will focus on building Sydney’s future heritage in Western Sydney with a hub in Parramatta at the Architectus-designed Peter Shergold Building, Western Sydney University.

    Presented by the NSW Architects Registration Board, the festival seeks to create a better understanding of architecture and offers international and local insights into the city’s built environment.

    The 2017 Architecture Festival will run between 29 September and 2 October. 

    Here are a few of our favourite events:

    THE FIFTH ESTATE’S – THE GREEN REBELLION GOES WEST

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    When: 29 September, 5 – 9pm
    Where: Departs from Wharf 7, King St Wharf, Lime St

    The Fifth Estate’s ferry ride up the river to Parramatta will launch this year’s festival. It will feature an interactive and lively forum to bring a better understanding of the west and its opportunities to a wider audience.

    MEET THE AUSSIE MOSQUE

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    When: 30 September, 9.30am – 1.30pm
    Where: 27-29 Arthur St, Punchbowl

    While the earliest mosques in New South Wales were built in the inner-city suburbs of Sydney, around two-thirds are now located in western Sydney. Cast mostly in concrete, the Punchbowl Mosque designed by Sydney architect Angelo Candalepas will be unveiled at this event.

    SYDNEY, YOU’RE BRUTAL – TOUR: THE NEW

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    When: 30 September, 2.45 – 6pm
    Where: Departs from Ground Floor Amphitheatre, Peter Shergold Building, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta

    This event will see the launch of Blue Crow Media’s Sydney Brutalist Map. A curated tour – with Sydney Architecture Festival director Tim Horton and architect Glenn Harper – will allow visitors to get up close and personal with some of Sydney’s brutalist icons. 

    FINDING SYDNEY’S “MISSING MIDDLE”

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    When: 30 September – 2 October
    Where: Ground Floor, Peter Shergold Building, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta

    In the next 20 years, Sydney will need to find a place for more than 1.7 million additional people, in more than 725,000 new homes. This free exhibition reveals the kinds of homes we’ve been missing and those we’re likely to see in our real estate pages of the future.

    WORLD ARCHITECTURE DAY ORATION

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    When: 2 October, 10.30am – 1pm
    Where: Level 9, Peter Shergold Building, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta

    Hear architect, curator and author, Kristien Ring share a citizen-led housing model that might just help Sydney deliver a supply of well-designed affordable housing that can cost between 15 percent and 30 percent less to purchase.

    Image: Sydney Architecture Festival 

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