- Newsletter #13 -
Christmas 2016

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler"
-Albert Einstein-
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Welcome to our Christmas newsletter. A bit of everything but mainly silly or sentimental stuff, architectural and urban stuff and a little soft-SAW-sell stuff for good measure. Better to be upfront about these things.

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Upcoming Tour dates
We're adding 2017 dates to our program this week so it's a great time to let us know which tour you would like and when you would like it. Wednesday & Saturday mornings preferred but while we try to be flexible we make no promises. Public program here
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SOCKS, JOCKS & CHOCOLATES
sydney architecture walks - gift vouchers
The old combination of socks, jocks and chocolates is fine by us but for something a little... okay, a lot riskier check out our SAW Gift Vouchers.
If you order them before the 21st of December we will print and post them on our special stock. They look really nice.
Vouchers are valid for 6 months and are available for all our tours on whichever date the recipient chooses. They are tour-specific meaning you need to select a specific tour and the voucher will be valid for that tour only.
Here are some reasons this is a good idea; all reviews below were posted here on tripadvisor.
May 2016
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A remarkable telling of the Sydney Opera House story: the rare competition and the rescued sketch that won it, the architectural inspiration, the language of the building and the engineering challenge, the prototypes and details, the dramatic sequence of the building's spaces, the Picasso mural that almost was, the finishes and interiors that might have been... The full genius and pathos of Utzon"
September 2016
"Wonderful for architects and non-architects alike"
May 2016
"I've been on three of these walks and I've learned so much about my home city! The tour guide gave me really in-depth and yet broad information, so I have a much better understanding of why the city is how it is. The style is casual and friendly. Brilliant!"
September 2016
"An absolutely remarkable walk with Utzon."
September 2016
"A very knowledgeable guide (a trained architect) giving information about the history, topgraphy, geography and geology of Sydney and the effects it has on the architecture.”
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SAVE OUR SIRIUS
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The state government is planning to trash one of Sydney's most-loved and iconic buildings; Tao Gofers 1979 brutalist masterpiece, Sirius in The Rocks. On fronts architectural, cultural and social this building should be saved and should be cherished but it seems our government knows the price but can't see the value.
We have been helping Save Our Sirius raise money for the legal fight by touring the building with the Irrepressible Gofers. We've learnt so much and come to see that there is so much love for this building too. You can petition the Minister for Environment and Heritage Hon. Mark Speakman, MP and others here.
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PROJECTS: KINGS LANGLEY CRICKET CLUB

We are finalising the design of our third public building; the Kings Langley Cricket Club in Sydney's Blacktown. The project is infused with the idea of giving quality to a familiar typology; a play on some of Sydney's late-20thC amenities buildings and the tradition of the community cricket pavilion.

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PROJECTS: BINGIE ECO-TOURISM

Continuing the themes of interconnected pavilions in landscape; something about courtyards, gardens and spaces between; whilst trying to breathe new life into old structures, Eoghan Lewis Architects are developing construction documents for an eco-tourism venture in Bingie, five hours south of Sydney.

It's near Murcutt's iconic Magney House which you can hire on Stayz for $300-$400 a night. A couple of us jumped the fence and had a good look around last week, the house keeper was very understanding!
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FOR INSPIRATION ONLY #1.
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A nice series of articles by The Gaurdian on the scientific veracity of various Game of Thrones propositions. This one is a favourite. Biology would leave the Game of Thrones dragons grounded.

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FOR INSPIRATION ONLY #2. What burglars can teach architects
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Architects often design buildings with conventional movement in mind. Burglars chuck that code. “A burglar comes along and says, ‘Look, I’m not going to follow the path that you, the architect, have laid out for me." Here


FOR INSPIRATION ONLY #3: DANCING TO NATALIE IMBRUGLIA
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Johann Lippowitz (David Armand) performs an interpretive dance to Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn'. Hilarious!

FOR INSPIRATION ONLY #4: UTZON
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The Sydney Opera House and Google have teamed up to create a beautiful online document on Utzon and his great House. Here.
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FOR INSPIRATION ONLY #5: SENTIMENTAL CHRISSY FAVOURITE
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Not exactly a carol but it just might make you cry if you've been away from home for a while. Wonderfully sentimental, political and earnest. White Wine In The Sun by Tim Minchin.

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FOR INSPIRATION ONLY #6: ARCHI-TOURS IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELLA
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We were in Santiago de Compostela in Spain earlier this year where local architects Cristina, Camino and Alberto from GA Santiago delivered some gentla and inspiring architecture tours. A great city to get lost in and an even greater city explored with a bunch of groovy young architects!

SAW and GA Santiago are members of the Guiding Architects Network, an international network for architectural guided tours. So there is someone like us in over 40 cities around the world.

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FOR INSPIRATION ONLY #7: TZG @ SOH
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Sydney firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer have been doing some lovely work down at Sydney Opera House the first stage of which is now compelte. It was one part a relief and one part inspirational to see design flair but also work that understands the importance of its context. Congratulations to all involved.

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Thankyou, and bye for now
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We enjoy sharing our world with you.
Feel free to make contact, and please spread the word. Why not spread the love and forward this email on to a friend!
We look forward to seeing you on an upcoming tour.
- Love, SAW (Eoghan, Hugo & Benjamin) -
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