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Welcome to the Aussie Mosque

The 11th annual  Sydney Architecture Festival to be held September 29 to October 2 has revealed its program for the long weekend event, which this year includes a focus on the city’s west.

On Saturday, September 30 visitors can enter Australia’s newest Mosque in the suburb of Punchbowl designed by Sydney architect Angelo Candalepas. The Mosque is cast mostly in concrete and visitors can attend an  event called “Meet the Aussie Mosque”.  A welcome feast will be offered by the congregation community to visitors who can also tour the building and listen to talks between the architect, community leaders and university researchers. One topic to be addressed is “whether the mosque is beginning to develop its own unique Australian identity and whether architecture can build better cultural understanding between communities in multi-cultural Sydney”.

Other concrete-centred events include tours of Sydney’s Brutalist Architecture from 1960-1980 including the “controversial” Sirius building in The Rocks, The Surry Hills Police Centre and Sydney’s Masonic Centre.

A free exhibition, ‘Finding Sydney’s Missing Middle‘, will be displayed at the Festival Hub at located at 1PSQ, the Peter Shergold Building, Western Sydney University, revealing the new kind of homes be might seen in the future as the city’s population grows by more than 1.7 million people over 20 years. It’s estimated this will require more than 725,000 new homes. The Missing Middle is a series of “architects’ responses to this future”.

The Festival concludes on Monday, October 2, World Architecture Day, with a keynote speech by American architect, academic, curator and author Professor Kristien Ring who will deliver the keynote speech of the Festival called ‘From profit-driven, to people-led housing for Sydney’.

For further details visit www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org

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