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Sydney Living Museums is organising a Talks Series with curator and author Karen McCartney featuring some of Australia’s leading architectural minds and social commentators.

The Talks Series is being presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, Superhouse: Architecture & Interiors Beyond the Everyday, opening on 29 August at the Museum of Sydney. The series will explore the stories and themes behind Superhouse, revealing how some of Australia’s most influential architects think about place, materials, size, heritage and much more when designing living spaces.

Each talk will include illustrated presentations from the speakers, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Karen McCartney.

Does Size Matter? Friday 11 September, 6.30-8pm

Almere House, Benthem Crouwel Architeken, 1982-84, Almere, The Netherlands. Photography by Richard Powers.

The Superhouse exhibition will showcase several houses where the architectural impact is not diminished by the lack of dimension. Focussing on structures with tiny footprints, the panel will discuss the issue of size through the lens of architects Paul Morgan (Trunk House, 2011) and Alec Tzannes, and researcher and author Dr Rebecca Huntley.

Re-Imagining the House Friday 9 October, 6.30-8pm

LON15_SUP_012-Astley-Castle-cropped-for-web.jpgAstley Castle (detail), England, Witherford Watson Mann Architects, 2013. Photography by Richard Powers.

The panel will discuss how buildings can be repurposed for residential spaces with focus on the challenges and benefits that repurposing presents, as well as the impact on urban environments and how large-scale developments can take a more sustainable approach to the reinvigoration of buildings. Speakers include Dom Alvaro, Woods Bagot (Small House, 2010), William Smart, Smart Design Studio and Ian Innes, Director Heritage, Sydney Living Museums.

Designing for Place Friday 13 November, 6.30-8pm

The Pierre, Olson Kundig Architects, 2010, San Juan Islands, Washington, USA. Photography by Richard Powers.

‘Designing for place’ is one of the primary considerations for an architect, a concept that factors in aspects such as the direct relationship with the land and the climate, and how it informs the siting, form and materials or, in an urban context, the history and constraints of a site. The panel will discuss how these situations inform the outcome and the processes they explore along the way. Speakers include Hannah Tribe, Tribe Studios; James Stockwell, Stockwell Design (Croft House, 2013); and Virginia Kerridge, Virginia Kerridge Architects (House in Country NSW, 2010).


Individual talk: $40 adult, $35 conc/member; Series ticket: $80 adult, $70 conc/member

All talks will be held at the Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney.