Temporary urban interventions are increasingly visible in contemporary cities. They take diverse forms – from community gardens to pop-up cinemas, from outdoor art installations to mobile libraries – and have been given many labels – from “guerrilla” to “everyday”, “tactical” to “DIY”. A burgeoning and largely celebratory literature has highlighted ways in which these transient practices propose alternative lifestyles, reoccupy urban space with new uses, and reinvent daily life from the bottom up, in the pursuit of more just and sustainable cities. Join Associate Professor Lee Stickells, University of Sydney, Amelia Thorpe UNSW and Timothy Moore, Sibling Architecture. Copresented with Sydney Ideas and in conversation with Professor Ann Forsyth the Director ofthe Urban Planning Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Associate Professor Lee Stickells
Lee’s research is characterised by an interest in the potential for architecture to shape other ways of living, particularly its projection as a means to reconsider the terms of social life – of how we live together. It is focused on developing histories that connect experimental architectural and design strategies with environmental, political, technological and social transformations. Lee co-edited The Right to the City (2011) and has contributed to anthologies including The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (2013), Beyond Utopia (2012),Trash Culture (2010), and Heterotopia and the City (2009). His essays have appeared in journals such as ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly and Fabrications. Lee is currently an editorial committee member of the journal Architectural Theory Review and a SAHANZ Editorial Board member.
Amelia Thorpe is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Environmental Law Programs at UNSW. Her research is at the intersection of law, urban planning and geography, drawing on degrees in Architecture and City Policy as well as professional experience in the planning, transport and housing departments in Western Australia. Amelia’s current research examines the ways in which understandings of law, ownership and belonging shape – and are in turn shaped by – practices of participation in planning. Prior to joining UNSW in 2012, Amelia was a director at the Environmental Defenders Office, Australia’s largest and oldest public interest environmental law organisation. Amelia studied law at the University of Oxford and at Harvard Law School, and is a member of the New York Bar.
Timothy Moore is a director of Sibling Architecture, a practice that forms a social agenda around all of its projects whether it is a building, installation, urban strategy or event. Prior to joining Sibling, Timothy worked at architecture offices in Melbourne, Amsterdam and Berlin, and as an editor for two influential magazines, Volume and Architecture Australia. He is currently the editor of Future West (Australian Urbanism), part of NGV’s curatorial team for Melbourne Design Week 2018, and undertaking a PhD within the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne entitled The Instruments of Transitional Architecture.
Trained in planning and architecture, Ann Forsyth works mainly on the social aspects of physical planning and urban development. The big issue behind her research and practice is how to make more sustainable and healthy cities. Forsyth’s contributions have been to analyze the success of planned alternatives to sprawl, particularly exploring the tensions between social and ecological values in urban design. Forsyth is also a reflective practitioner/theorist and has created several new ways of understanding social and intellectual diversity in planning and design. Her education includes a B.Sc. in architecture from the University of Sydney, M.A. in urban planning from UCLA, and Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell. At Harvard Forsyth is a Senior Faculty Fellow at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, an affiliated Faculty Member, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, a Faculty Associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and a Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.