Sydney Architecture Walk Report - By Kim

07 Jun 2011 4:13 PM | Deleted user
Architectural Walks have been going on in a number of cities in the world for quite some time now. It was only recently that we learned of the Sydney version. These 2 hour walks operate out of the Historical Houses Trust and all start from the Museum of Sydney in the CBD. We took the tour called "Harbourings" which took us to Circular Quay, through the Rocks and over to Walsh Bay Finger Wharves. The tour guide was a hipster styled architect named Eoghan Lewis, who could tell you more than you ever thought possible about the Sydney Opera House...there is even a walk called "Utzon" which is half an hour longer than the others!

We learned a lot about the origins of Sydney, the planning of the city and subsequent evolution. We visited that awful, ugly, concrete council housing project next to the Harbour Bridge and learned why not to hate it quite so much (it is actually pretty well thought out). We listened to tales of all the political struggles involved in the planning of Sydney and how close Paddington and The Rocks came to be torn down!

There was an interesting discussion of the history of the development of Walsh Bay Finger Wharves and we wandered around there for a while when the tour finished. An impromptu lunch with all CAC members was had at Lord Nelson Pub.

It is to be noted that these talks do not go into architectural styles, but rather the history and the circumstances and planning principles surrounding the development of different areas. Other tour titles include: "The City, Sydney" and "Art, Place and Landscape". They also do bike tours which go further afield and you can rent a bike for an extra charge if you don't have your own.

Our tour was the last of the series and the program goes into hiatus for a few months. The next series will start up in September and we will consider doing another tour then. For more information about the walks go to sydneyarchitecture.org, and stay tuned to the CAC website come September in case we plan another group.
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