Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture in Australia and New Zealand. Open to recent graduates of Architecture (less than 10 years from graduation), Open Agenda is focused on developing the possibilities of design research in architecture and the built environment.
This national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm. An initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS, past winners have been graduates from Australian and New Zealand universities including, Sydney University, RMIT, Canberra University, UTS and Victoria University in Wellington, exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current Architecture discourse in Australia and beyond.
A new partnership
For 2015, Open Agenda is delighted to announce a new partnership with the 20th Biennale of Sydney and a new opportunity for recent Australian and New Zealand graduates of Architecture. The Biennale of Sydney was the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region and, alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and Documenta, is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind, attracting leading artists and thousands of visitors from all over the world. The Biennale is hosted on sites throughout Sydney, with a primary location at Cockatoo Island.
In 2015, Open Agenda will be revised: traditionally an opportunity for designers to develop research through architectural design, this new collaboration will provide an additional opportunity for the designers’ research based proposals to be realised as a built project within a 20th Biennale of Sydney exhibition venue.
This year, Open Agenda is calling for design proposals for the 20th Biennale of Sydney’s public program and education hub to be constructed on Cockatoo Island within the old Naval Store, building 124, as an opportunity to explore speculative research for architecture in built form. (See competition site documents attached.)
A construction budget and prize money/professional fees have been allocated for the project. The winners will also be supported with project development assistance, marketing and promotion as well as invitations to Biennale events. The winning proposal will become a significant and high profile venue within the Biennale of Sydney in 2016.
The Site, Interior Building 124 (Image courtesy of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust)
OPEN AGENDA IS PROUD TO COLLABORATE WITH THE BIENNALE OF SYDNEY FOR 2015
Typically open agenda awards three winners seed money to develop their research. As Open Agenda 2015 is a design build proposition, one proposal will be judged winner of the competition and be supported to develop and install their proposal for the opening of the 20th Biennale in March 2016.
A construction budget for the installation of the hub is AUD$15,000, inclusive of all materials, fabrication costs, transport to site and all other costs associated with the project.
Professional fees of AUD$8,000 for the winning project will be awarded as prize money. The wining team has the right to negotiate with additional sponsors with the approval of the Biennale of Sydney to support the project. The winning proposal will be mentored through development and construction.
Two runner up schemes will be awarded AUD$500 each and have their proposals exhibited through Open Agenda.
Graduates from a professional Australian or New Zealand degree in architecture in the last ten years (including and after 2005) are invited to submit a proposal. The Open Agenda competition 2015/2016 brief, survey documents (here, here, here and here and here), registration form and proposal cover sheet can be downloaded here.
Contact and terms and conditions
Design Competition Opens 21st December, 2015
Registration Closes 20th January
Competition Schemes submitted
22nd January 2016 (by 12 midnight EST)
Competition Judging 23rd-24th January, 2016
Winner notified 26th January 2016
Install begins- 25th February 2016
Opening - 15th March 2016
Public Opening – 18th March 2016
- Craig Allchin, Six Degrees
- Andrew Benjamin, Monash University
- David Burns, UTS Photography and Situated Media
- Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT
- Richard Goodwin, UNSW A+D
- Tim Hastwell, Co-Chair DARCH
- Adrian Lahoud, Head of School, RCA, London
- Nicolas de Monchaux, UC Berkeley
- Melissa Ratliff, Curator and Manager of Public Programs and Education, Biennale of Sydney
- Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University
- Professor Charles Rice, Associate Dean of Research, DAB, UTS
- Mike Smith, Exhibition and Venue Manager, Biennale of Sydney
- Marisa Yiu, CUHK
|2014 Winning Proposals|
|De-mechanized City - Regeneration as Type
Andrew Brett, Will Harvey-Jones, I-Wen Kuo, Benjamin Sheehan (as part of the design collective RIDe (Research In Design))
|Urban Imaginaries: Centres for Resource Extraction
Photography Credit: Tabby Kinder
|Tōhoku Tabula Rasa
Andrew Brett, Will Harvey-Jones, I-Wen Kuo
Kali Marnane, Yohei Omura, Benjamin Sheehan (as part of the design collective RIDe (Research In Design))
|2013 Winning Proposals|
|A () Holey Territory
|Architectural Espionage and the Superpanopticon
|Refreshment Service (Self Obliterating Architecture)
Image credit : Kasia Werstak
|The following projects were given an honourable mention - DeMechanised City from I-Wen Kuo, Andrew Bret, William Harvey-Jones and Benjamin Sheehan and After Mining : What happens next? from Langzi Chiu and Vesna Trobec|
|2012 Winning Proposals|
Timothy Moore, Jono Brener, Qianyi Lim, Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Alan Ting, Jane Caught, Jessica Brent
|Atmospheres of Architecture
|The following projects were given an honourable mention - The Acephalous Mouth from Samaneh Moafi and 8 bit lequeu from Jessica In and Gwyllim Jahn.|
|2011 Winning Proposals|
|Potential Futures for Architectural Practice
Rory Hyde (RMIT, 2005)
|The Cars that Drank Lake Eyre
Nick Sargent and Mark Leong (Victoria University, Wellington 2005)
|Greater Western Sydney Special Economic Zone
Daniel Fink (USYD, 2009)
|The following projects were given an honourable mention - Vernacular Differentiation from Dirk Anderson, Eduardo de Oliveira Barata and Tim Manning, Flanuer's Delerium from Sebastian Hamilton and Barrington Gohns and Cell to Surface from Shayani Fernando and Miruna Sladescu|
|2010 Winning Proposals|
Byron Kinnaird and Barnaby Bennett (Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand graduates)
James Gardiner (UTS/RMIT graduate)
David Pigram and Iain Maxwell (University of Canberra/AA/GSAPP graduates)