Sydney Open 2021

Things to do, Walks and tours
Looking up at the Clock Tower from the atrium of the Fullerton Hotel in Sydney
Photograph: Supplied/Sydney Living Museums

Time Out says

Sydney’s annual celebration of architecture, heritage and urban design will be reimagined this year via a mostly digital and Covid-friendly program

Lovers of architecture, rejoice! It’s once again time to get your fix of landmark buildings and heritage-listed wonders with the Sydney Open set to return from November 5-7. Only this year, due to safety concerns, expect things to be a little bit different...

The 2021 program will feature a fun and fascinating mix of both virtual and Covid-friendly outdoor experiences. From livestreamed panel talks and podcasts to virtual tours and self-guided audio walking experiences, there’s something to suit all design buffs. Over the course of the weekend you’ll also be able to dive into discussions on the city’s heritage, and engage with ideas on identity, sustainability and First Nations perspectives.

As part of the series of panel talks, you’ll hear from a number of speakers – including award-winning architect Caroline Pidcock and curator, writer and educator from the Kalari clan of the Wiradjuri Nation, Emily McDaniel – as they talk about themes of heritage, placemaking and connecting to country. Or you can join one of the expert-led virtual focus tours and go behind the scenes of some of Sydney’s most compelling spaces. You’ll find out what makes each site so special, and learn all about the history from a team of expert designers and curators.

If you’re keen to get out and about though, the self-guided walking tour is for you. Wander (at your own pace) through some of the city’s prettiest parks, gardens and urban areas, and find out about some truly intriguing moments in art and architecture history. 

And be sure to tune in to a special Sydney Open edition of the Two Point Perspective podcast. Hosts Rebecca Hawcroft and Kieran McInerney interview architectural historian and heritage specialist Dr Noni Boyd and architect Dr Michael Zanardo about Sydney's relatively unknown history of affordable housing. 

Registration is required for the panel talks only, otherwise all events are free. For more information and to check out the program, head to the website.

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