This program has shown me the importance of looking back at history, seeing how structures taken for granted today are a wealth of learning and education for anyone with a passion for design or creating. Now I have a greater understanding of all the methods and considerations that go into the development and continued advancement of a building and gained a deeper understanding of what a socially engaged and interdisciplinary built environment practice looks like by including the flora, fauna, history, my own values, and the way people use space into sustainable design.
Through the lens of the Opera House, I’ve been able to rethink and draw from architectural, engineering and design practices to further shape and transform future projects. Incorporating these ideas to think bigger and challenge the constraints seen as the limits of reality. I have learnt so much throughout this experience which I can not only apply to my architectural designs and studies, but extend to all other perspectives and creative endeavours. I am excited to help spread these creative philosophies and see how the streetscapes of Western and Greater Sydney will continue to change over time, benefiting the community and becoming a place of desire and aspiration for all who visit it.
The 10 days I spent learning about the Sydney Opera House have forever changed and influenced my outlook on my surroundings and my own design practice. I hope many more students get this opportunity like I did so they too can fully appreciate the words of Jørn Utzon, “when you pass around it or see it against the sky… something new goes on all the time… together with the sun, the light and the clouds, it makes a living thing”.
Sydney Opera House BUILD includes a public talks series inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first talk in the series, BUILD: Life On Land is an intimate conversation between two visionary thought leaders: Wailwan/Kamilaroi man Jefa Greenaway, a champion of Indigenous-led design thinking and Country centred design, and Liane Rossler, of Dinosaur Designs, who balances perspectives of nature, sustainability, creativity and community.