OPEN AGENDA 2013
PARAMOUNT PICTURES BUILDING, SYDNEY
Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture. This year's event was held at the Paramount Pictures building in Surry Hills, Sydney. Open Agenda focuses primarily on the approaches to design research and explores the breadth of issues in contemporary architecture. It also seeks to revive a space of intellectual and spatial enquiry through architecture.
It's not only an exhibition, but also a platform for this form of critical architectural work and for three emerging Australian voices that will continue to redefine architecture and its relevance into the future. This year's awards were presented to Samaneh Moafi, Lucy Warnock and David Neustein. At the core of their work is the belief that architecture should broaden our understanding of the environment around us through multiple and various means, which extend beyond buildings alone.
Sleep Projects developed the visual identity and a set of elegant materials which embodies Open Agenda's philosophy in design and structure. Using high quality black stock with silver ink, we created a square piece that folded out into a poster. The natural response to folding and unfolding provides the viewer with a sense of mystery and intrigue, along with a subtle experience of 'construction'. By contrasting highly structured silver type against deep black, forced shapes and forms to emerge from a dark void. The result is a sensual visual experience though simplicity, form and elegance.
Anthony Burke, UTS Architecture
Craig Allchin, Six Degrees
Michael Bell, Columbia University GSAPP
Andrew Benjamin, Monash University
David Burns, UTS Photography and Situated Media
Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT SIAL
Richard Goodwin, UNSW COFA
Bob Perry, Scott Carver
Marisa Yiu, CuHK
Nicholas de Monchaux, UC Berkeley
Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University
Sydney Architecture Festival