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Alternative Housing Ideas: Reimagining how we live

The 7 shortlisted teams of the Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge present their ideas at this free event

Produced by the City of Sydney

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Hear international architects and innovative thinkers present their concepts on the future of housing for Sydney.

As part of the Sydney Architecture Festival, the 7 shortlisted teams of the City of Sydney’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge will give us insight into their creative concepts. With a panel of experts, we’ll examine scalability, applicability, assess feasibility and discuss what the future of housing could look like.

Paul Karakusevic, Founding Partner of Karakusevic Carson Architects will provide a keynote speech.

A panel discussion moderated by Councillor Professor Philip Thalis on the future of housing will feature:

  • Stephen Varady – Architect and Director, Stephen Varady Associates. Registrar and Advisor, City of Sydney Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge
  • Professor Bill Randolph – Director, City Futures Research Centre, Built Environment UNSW SYDNEY
  • Helen O’Loughlin – Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
  • Paul Karakusevic – Founding Partner, Karakusevic Carson Architects, Mayor of London’s Design Advocate
  • Deborah Brill – Executive Director, Policy and Innovation, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

This free event will make us reimagine how we live. It will demonstrate the power of a collective of people united to address one of our biggest urban challenges today – housing.

The City of Sydney’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge attracted international recognition with over 230 submissions. A panel of experts shortlisted 7 proposals from Australia and around the world.  The models ranged from financing, design, building, ownership and management, and are expected to provide the City of Sydney with lessons for future projects.

The shortlisted teams are:

  • The Rightsize Service – Dr Alysia Bennett, Lecturer in Architecture, Monash University and Dr Damian Madigan, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of South Australia
  • Sydney Smart Home – Joe Colistra and Nilou Vakil, Principal Architects, in situ Design
  • Metropolitan Land Trust Policy – Dr Louise Crabtree, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University and Jason Twill, Director, Urban Apostles.
  • The Third Way – Alexis Kalagas, Urban Strategy Designer, Andy Fergus, Urban Designer, City of Melbourne and Katherine Sundermann, Associate Director, MGS Architects.
  • Pixel Pilot – Anita Panov and Andrew Scott, Directors, Panovscott Architects and Alexander Symes, Director Alexander Symes Architect (ASA)
  • Equity Housing Model – Eddie Ma and Linseen Lee, Founders, Vigilanti
  • Pop-Up Shelters – Robert Pradolin, Founding Board Member, Housing All Australians



Friday 15 November 2019 from 6pm to 8.30pm



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