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NSW: Take A Walk Through Time With the AAA

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Over two hours discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Wednesday 15 February to discover how architecture has helped shape the landscape of the city.

Starting at one of the oldest remaining buildings of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks, you will look at Sydney's humble start as a convict colony and how the architecture became more and more decorative during the Victorian period.

The 20th Century brought us influences from overseas such as Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and modernism.

We will show you post-war development of modernist thinking and the way post-modernism reacted against it.

By looking at Sydney Hilton and the Queen Victoria Building, you will discover how architects converted existing buildings and gave them a breath of new life.

Throughout the two hours, you will appreciate masterpieces of different architectural styles by different architects and witness how technological advances, economic and political forces shaped our city.

Tour Details:

Location: Meet at Hyde Park Barracks, in front of the main gate, 12 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Wednesday 15 February 2017
Tickets: $20 (Public) / $15 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / AAA website
  • Image: Reflections of the QVB Building on the Hilton Sydney
  • Photographer: Vincent Lam

NSW Walking Tour: Join A Sydney City Walk

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Start the new year with a healthy two hour walk through the streets of Sydney. The Sydney City Walk is the original walk developed by the Australian Architecture Association.

For the past ten years AAA trained tour guides have been helping residents and visitors to discover parts of the city they never knew existed. Each tour guide brings their own flavour to the tour, so that no one tour is quite like the other.

Learn about some of the iconic buildings that grace the streets of the CBD and take a journey through the history of the cities development.


Location: Meet on the steps of Customs House, Circular Quay
Tickets: $25 (public) / $20 (Senior / Concession)
Note: AAA Members walk for free & students will need to show ID on the day.
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Every Saturday (Next tour takes place 4 February 2017)

Numbers are limited, click here to secure your place on this weekends tour.

  • Image: Steps up to Australia Square Tower (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)

NSW: Walking Tour Through The Rocks

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Enjoy a weekend stroll through one of the first residential settlements established by the First Fleet - The Rocks. Trace the development of Sydney's oldest suburb with buildings representing the past, present and future! 

Wander through the hilly terrain and see how heritage and contemporary architecture co-exists in harmony. Discover the marks left on the district by the plague of 1900 and major infrastructure projects such as the wharves and the harbour bridge.

We will also witness the metamorphosis of the area into new residential, commercial, recreational and cultural uses of the 21st Century after the port facilities moved away in both Walsh Bay and Barangaroo.

Tour Details:

Location: Meet at the Harbourside Forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Saturday 11 February 2017
Tickets: $25 (Public) / $20 (Senoirs & students) / AAA Members Free

Don’t miss out click here to secure your place on the tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens / AAA website
  • Image: View of the Barangaroo development
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

NSW: Spot81 Gallery Exhibition Opening This Weekend

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This weekend is the opening for Spot 81 galleries’ latest group exhibition entitled ‘Paper’.

Running from the 7-21 December 2016, the artists featured in the exhibition are Michelle Belgiorno, Paul Connor, Helen Geier, Christopher Gentle, Roslyn Kean, Graham Kuo, Sokquon Tran, Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang and Tianli Zu.

Some ‘All About Architecture’ readers and AAA supporters will already be familiar with Paul Connor. His architectural work with Connor + Solomon Architects has been featured in a number of AAA tours. Paul has also been a great supporter of our organisation by donating artworks to the AAA’s past fund-raising Pozible campaigns.

The exhibition promises to feature some great work by Paul Connor, who was recently a finalist in 2016 NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Painting Prize.

Click here to visit the Spot 81 website for more information about the opening and exhibiting artists.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: 'Sant’Alfio Sicily' by Paul Connor
  • Image Source: Paul Connor

ABC TV Features Architect Glenn Murcutt

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On Tuesday 6 December ABC TV featured a film on architect Glenn Murcutt called ‘Glen Murcutt: Spirit of Place’. Directed by Catherine Hunter, the documentary explores the architect’s life and work, and focuses on his latest project - a mosque in Melbourne’s Newport.

If you missed the viewing you can still watch it on ABC iview by clicking here.

  • Image: Architect Glenn Murcutt
  • Photographer: Anthony Browell
  • Image Source: The Australian