The Festival of Architecture and Design is a new South Australian festival launched in 2014. The festival aims to educate and engage people in Adelaide about how architecture and design impact on our lives. An eclectic program of events from October 8-13 2015 will have widespread appeal, not just to people who are professionally involved.
This year more than 40 events will focus on the theme Life on the Edge. It draws upon Thinker in Residence Charles Landry's assertion that " ..given Adelaide's edge position it needs to be strangely, doubly innovative, doubly creative, more creative than others"
Open House Adelaide
The Festival of Architecture and Design has many free events, with some more elaborate things to do requiring payment. It includes a replacement series of events for Open House Adelaide, which was formerly run by History SA.
Tour Urrbrae House in the Waite Precinct During Open House Adelaide
Open Studios is a free event which offers the opportunity to peek inside the workplaces of talented architects and designers on Friday October 9. Open City lets you explore private places from Ayers House to Government House and Urrbrae House. A mosque, a mill, the marvels of the Jeffrey Smart building and the SAHMRI building will all be open to onlookers on Saturday October 10 (free event).
On Sunday October 11 Open House in Focus offers private guided tours of special places in Adelaide and suburbs. Burnside House, Hart's Mill precinct and Z Ward at Glenside are just some of the tours available. Advance bookings are essential with limited places: cost $15 per person.
Get High For Views Over Botanic Gardens Adelaide and the Bicentennial Conservatorium
Guided Tours About Adelaide Festival of Architecture and Design organisers seem determined to demonstrate that our professionals enjoy life on the edge. A series of guided tours about Adelaide will lead you into some quite unexpected places. Explore the high life of Adelaide with a private rooftop tour (free event, bookings essential) or a self guided tour (free, no booking required)
The NAG Boutique Bar Tour is one of several fun things to do during the festival. For $40 participants will be guided about boutique bars in Adelaide with food, drink and discussion included (bookings essential).
Take a Fab Adelaide Walking Tour to the River Torrens Footbridge
A free Fab Adelaide Walking Tour takes you on a guided tour of some of the public place projects in Adelaide with commentary from planners and those involved in the project implementation. (Bookings essential).
Free Things to Do for the Festival of Architecture and Design There's a whole heap of free things to do during the festival. One that I'm really looking forward to is the On Paper: Unbuilt Works exhibition at the UniSA Architecture Museum. The 1960's vision of a subway along King William Street is something that will entrance many people.
The Office for Design & Architecture is holding The Hero Shot, a free exhibition of photographic works by professional photographers. Just don't ask to see the results from the community consultation about the (old) Royal Adelaide Hospital, because the government seems to have binned them already.
There are too many more free things to do during the Festival of Architecture and Design, so check the program for more.
Festival Performances Around Adelaide
Two quite unique performances are being offered as part of the Festival of Architecture and Design. Hidden Sounds from the Z Ward will bring alive the empty cells of Z Ward at the original Glenside Hospital campus. Performances by Niki Vasilakis (violin), Simon Cobcroft ('cello), Anthony Zatorski (Baritone) and Christian Haines (electronics) will create a haunting atmosphere in this 130 year old former lunatic asylum. Discussions about the design and the future of this significant heritage building will be led by Woods Bagot and the National Trust of South Australia. Guests are free to explore the building over a glass of wine, and supper will be served. Ticket price is $65 (bookings essential) with part proceeds going to Beyond Blue.
Award winning Australian comedian Rosso will take guests on a hilarious journey in Man About the Walkley House. Together with musician Kit Warhurst, Rosso will entertain and amuse you at the iconic Walkley House, designed by Robin Boyd in 1956. (tickets $55, advance bookings essential).
Fun Things to Do for Kids
Of course there are fun things to do for kids too in the Festival of Architecture and Design program. Archi-kids: A Tale of Two Cities has many free activities for kids indoors as they design their own home (bookings essential). Alternatively AILA Pop Up Play offers free fun for kids and nature play in the South Parklands, including a mud pit at the recently renovated Princess Elizabeth Playground. (Bookings essential).
There are many more exciting and fun things to do as part of the Festival of Architecture and Design program. Head over to the website to find events or download the program. Please book well in advance as many events will fill quickly, and check program dates to avoid disappointment.