An event lead by Alberto Quizon (DARCH) with Nichola Balch, Angus Hardwick (SONA), Tim Hastwell (DARCH), Tom Chan, Regan Ching (DARCH), Peter Nguyen (SONA), Lucas McMillan (SONA), Michael Baker (SONA), Edward Rosier (SONA)
"All in all the new scope of the event fits comfortably with the rising trend of shared design principles and grassroots temporary community activation, which has been catalyzed in Sydney streets over the past few years."
Nicola Balch, Article on Architecture AU
1:1 (pronounced 'one to one') ran its 3rd annual NSW event in September, the result of months of creative collaboration between DARCH (The NSW Emerging Architects Network), SONA (The Student Organised Network for Architecture) and the Australian Institute of Architects along with a number of industry partners, local stakeholders and a small but dedicated event team.
70 architects, architecture students and builders got together for a single day to transform a pile of up cycled and donated materials into small scale architectural installations. In response to a brief the participants broke off into 10 mixed teams and began sketching their designs. Racing against the clock each team was challenged with designing and building a seating element that incorporated plants and herbs using the materials provided. At the end of the day the 10 completed constructions were moved into henrietta street in Chippendale to transform a barren access lane into a vibrant pop-up social space as part of the Chippendale BEAMS arts festival.
This year the event was successfully run simultaneously in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. This national event has become a prominent date in the architectural calendar and was promoted widely throughout the Australian architectural community. Originally conceived as a day of intense creative collaboration, this year's event team raised the ambitions of the event by partnering with BEAMS to transform a small part of Chippendale into a vibrant space of delight and creative play. After the festival the structures were donated to creative local community groups such as Sustainable Chippendale, NG gallery and Work-Shop, and continue to make their small contribution to the local community.
This not-for-profit creative event would not be possible without the support of our industry partners. As this year wraps up ideas for next year's event are already bubbling under the surface, with an ambition to continue to push the possibilities for collaboration within Sydney's creative community.