Architecture Day Workshop, Saturday 23 October 2010. This coincides with the Institute of Architects Open Day at Tusculum.

Urban Pioneers: Apartment Architects of Kings Cross is a document and exhibition project profiling the contribution by important and well-known architects, from Emil Sodersten and Aaron Bolot to Harry Seidler, to designing Australia’s first high-density urban experiment. But the focus is on revealing exciting less known architects.

The first stage of Urban Pioneers: Apartment Architects of Kings Cross at The Cross Art Projects is a call-out to residents to copy archival material. The second stage is an exhibition proposed for Kings Cross Library in April 2012.

The call-out coincides with the impending release of City of Sydney’s new City Plan, soon to go on exhibition. For a brief time, the public can comment on this powerful planning instrument. In some areas recommendations for increased heights and changes in zonings will be controversial.

The district’s design sophistication and uniqueness suggests the need to strengthen conservation controls. The project will update the database for the RAIA NSW Register of Twentieth Century Buildings of Significance and recommendations may be made about new listings where these are lacking.