Open Agenda: Speculative Architecture and Design Research
Customs House exhibition opening as part of Sydney Architecture Festival, October 2010

Open Agenda is an annual competition initiated in 2010 by the School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney aimed at encouraging speculative architectural research and design. Open to recent architectural graduates, three proposals were selected from an open national competition and awarded seed funding for further development as an exhibition at Customs House in Sydney from 20 October 2010, a publication and public lecture.

According to the chair of the competition and head of the School of Architecture at UTS, Anthony Burke:

“Open Agenda is aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental design and critical enquiry in Australian architecture. It is an ideas forum and a discussion platform for architecture, focused on developing architecture’s potential in response to issues facing the future of the built environment.”

Three schemes were selected by a panel of architects, designers, academics, curators, philosophers and artists. The three winning proposals address issues of representation (“architecture drawing” by Byron Kinnaird and Barnaby Bennett), materiality and fabrication (“(in)human habitat” by James Gardiner) and contemporary urban planning and computation (“CityBREEDER” by David (Dave) Pigram and Iain (Max) Maxwell).

Exhibition Opening
20 October
Customs House
Level 1
7pm – 9pm

Exhibition Duration
20 October – 30 January 2011


This event is part of the Sydney Architecture Festival