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by jraffan
posted 08/01/2017

Demolished Sydney: our ever-changing built environment

snip20170108_2Join me, Jane Raffan, on Arts Monday 9 January 2017 for a program exploring some of Sydney’s lost buildings, places and spaces, and the debates and protests their demolition aroused.

You’ll hear interviews with Bob Whight, Project Manager at the Museum of Sydney, on MOS’ latest exhibition Demolished Sydney.

In 1856, Harper’s magazine published a piece that posed this question: “Why should New York be loved as a city? It is never the same city for a dozen years together.” At the time, locals were publicly airing anguish over their city’s rapid change. Agitation led to a vastly increased membership for the New York Historical Society, founded in 1804 to preserve a sense of the city’s history.

This story is shared by cities around the world, and of course Sydney, too, with various preservation societies arising from historical heritage debates and protests centered on the city’s built environment and government plans to demolish buildings and whole precincts. Tune in for more …

And the program’s playlist offers a mix of local and international vocals from the ‘60s through to contemporary times, addressing the theme of change and/or city life.

More on the exhibition here.

I look forward to your company.



image: Bennelong Point – Construction of the Sydney Opera House, and the Fort Macquarie Tram Depot, demolished 1959.