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East Darling Harbour Competition

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The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) welcomes the successful outcome of the East Darling Harbour (EDH) competition and congratulates all the finalists on their submissions.

The RAIA congratulates Philip Thalis, Paul Berkemeier and Jane Irwin on their winning scheme. It is an important first step in this proposed extension to the CBD. An Australian team won, despite fierce competition from national and international firms, demonstrating the high standards of urban design and architecture in Australia

“The winning scheme sets out a workable and pragmatic framework for EDH which will allow the participation of many developers with their architectural teams to generate a potentially rich mix of uses and architectural grain that will complement the surrounding CBD and Millers Point precincts” Stephen Buzacott, Vice President of the RAIA NSW Chapter, says.

“The RAIA is concerned that the future public transport requirements of this precinct be urgently addressed, and that the infrastructure to make this precinct successful be an early priority.”

“Good master planning is about providing a workable and sustainable framework for potential new buildings for unknown clients and uses, and this is well demonstrated in the winning scheme. It is not about micro designing a city precinct that will no doubt change and evolve as cities do over their history."

The Vice President of the RAIA NSW Chapter Mr Buzacott says, “This competition was for a master plan for a new city precinct and not set piece architectural icons.”

Public exhibition of the five finalist entries is on exhibition for only ten days (ending the 2nd of April) and the RAIA would like to see that after the current proposed exhibition period is completed that a new and central location be found to allow Sydneysiders to better assess both the winning scheme and other finalists.

“It is very important that people in Sydney have an opportunity to understand the importance and value of this plan,” Stephen Buzacott says.

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