PIA Congress 2014

JOC PIA 2014 Presentations 

Saturday 15 March | YPConnect 2014
Planning: Bubble and Beyond

Monday 17 March | Cutting Edge Snapshots
– Planning in 2014: Is there an App for that?

Wednesday 19 March | IN FOCUS
Growing up Social (Community Engagement Technologies)

10 Urban Tips from a Local Sydneysider

Coming to Sydney for the PIA Congress in March? Here are some local tips I’ve put together to help you experience Sydney like a local –

1. Grasshopper Bar (the original and the catalyst, Sydney CBD)
Located down an alley off George Street, drop in to Grasshopper Bar and don’t be surprised to see Sydney’s Small Bar godfather, Martin O’Sullivan, serving drinks and sharing stories from his travels.
2. Kitchen by Mike (in Green Square/Zetland)
Ok I’m cheating here, there is actually more than one great place at Green Square – visit Kicthen by Mike for amazing homewares and lunch, grab a coffee at Allpress Roastery and dessert at The Grounds aka the busiest place on earth (but incredible adaptive reuse and programming of space)!
3. Shady Pines (in Darlinghurst just off Oxford Street)
Go here for a saloon experience, the peanuts and amazing We Are Here laneway art.
4. White Rabbit Gallery – contemporary Chinese art
Located in Chippendale go here for art/dumplings then finish with a local beer at Freda’s.
5. O Bar – 360 views of the city (in Sydney CBD)
One of Harry Seidler’s architectural icons, O Bar is located at the top of Australia Square and while being slightly lower than Sydney Tower, beats it hands down in terms of comfort, city views and cocktails. Order an Old Fashioned and slip back in time.
6. Yulli’s vegetarian restaurant (in Surry Hills)
Vegetarian for meat lovers. Trust me. Also check out their screening room and popup shop upstairs.
7. City CBD model at Customs House (Circular Quay)
This gets me everytime. If you’re around Circular Quay drop into Customs House for 10 minutes and explore this amazing city model.
8. Brand X at Central Park
Located on the 3rd floor of one of Sydney’s most exciting developments. Take note of a new era in activated shopping centres with a focus on art and culture. While there, gaze in wonder at the world class architectural brilliance of Central Park, including the greenwall, heliostat and open space with a focus on WSUD. Some of Sydney’s top built professionals were involved with this development and it shows.

9. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – View of CBD, Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge.
Great at sunset and for a pause after a walk throught the Domain. Classic!


10. Alaska Projects – Kings Cross
Underground contemporary Art Gallery in Kings Cross and a great example of flexible planning.


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