The lecture outlines the forthcoming book, which presents a unique and exhaustive survey of the treasures of public architecture and urban places of central Sydney.
The lecture will examine and illuminate;
· the importance of appreciating, maintaining, enhancing and creating public buildings and places in the city
· the formative role that major public buildings have played in Sydney
· the enduring qualities of the public places in Sydney; their permanence, adaptability, presence and organising role in the city
· the intrinsic qualities that public places play in democratic society
The study proposes a new and in-depth investigation of Sydney, with relevance to all Australian cities, and rich parallels to leading global cities’ urban qualities. The lecture will reflect on the particular values that public space, culture and its institutions have in a democratic society, in contradistinction to spaces of consumption, while celebrating the architectural, urban, monumental and landscape character of the city of Sydney.