The Goods Line reconnects Sydney and architectural landmarks
Landscape Design - Sustainability Awards finalists 2015
The 2015 Sydney Architecture Festival will be holding its flagship event, #TheGoods at the newly opened The Goods Line on Saturday 3 October. Part of an NSW Government initiative to deliver a new green space and pedestrian access between Railway Square and Ultimo to Darling Harbour, The Goods Line has been created on the site of a previously disused rail-line corridor on the periphery of Sydney's CBD.
Representing the first public festival activation of the new pedestrian space and urban playground, #TheGoods is a daylong celebration of architecture being held as part of the four-day Sydney Architecture Festival curated by Festival Event Directors Archrival and JOC Consulting.
Featuring both ticketed and free activities from 8am until 9.30pm, the event kicks off with yoga and tai-chi, followed by drawing and photography classes before opening up into a series of talks by some of Sydney's leading and emerging architects and culminating in a symposium exploring the architecture of innovation at 2pm.
Six panel discussions will take place outdoors at The Goods Line's signature communal yellow table. Panellists at the Yellow Table Talkfest include the award-winning design team behind The Goods Line, Stuart Harrison, Sacha Coles, John Choi and Deborah Dearing who will explain how they transformed an abandoned eyesore into an urban oasis; Dillion Kombumerri, Linda Kennedy, Jefa Greenaway, Kevin O'Brien and Michael Hromek who will consider how Indigenous histories can inform the creation of architectural developments; and Bob Perry, Sarah Carrington and David Tickle who will discuss how to make the most of public spaces through pop-ups, parklets and pilot projects.
Program highlights also include The Movable Park by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects where different landscape architecture teams will be invited to create and recreate space, to plan, design and transform public space for life outside; Meet an Architect sessions for Sydneysiders considering building or renovating; and Walk the Line tours held throughout the day to learn about the history and redevelopment of The Goods Line.
SAF Shorts, held in partnership with the Sandfly Film Festival and in collaboration with local film students, will present architecture as a storyteller for the City with after-dark screenings at the Goods Line Amphitheatre on Mary Anne St.
The Architecture of Innovation Symposium, being held at the new UTS Business School's Chau Chak Wing building, will feature leading thinkers, practitioners, developers and policymakers discussing how Australian architecture is keeping up with the competitive global architecture market.
#TheGoods will present a Zine Fair hosted by Project Archonic with Press Books, featuring independent publications and architecture zines from a great line-up of local students and emerging creatives at Ultimo Road Bridge.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Chief Executive Officer Catherine Gallagher explained that The Goods Line was developed by the NSW Government as one of many strategic urban renewal and significant infrastructure projects designed to invigorate the city's most densely populated precinct and offer opportunities for recreation and entertainment.
Sydney Architecture Festival will be presented across four days from Friday 2 October until Monday 5 October 2015 at various locations across inner Sydney. Full program details are available on www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org.