HotHouse: Cultural Ecology and Sustainable Urban Environments


July 27, 2010 - July 28, 2010

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000

HotHouse: Cultural Ecology and Sustainable Urban Environments

HotHouse brings together designers, artists, curators, creative thinkers, academics, philosophers, urban planners, architects and users of city space in a quest to develop inspiring models for sustainable urban transformation. The objective of HotHouse is to cultivate a new cultural ecology in which the arts and design play a visionery and highly practical role, working with the planners and users of city space to address urgent environmental problems.

HotHouse advances the proposal that we no longer curate art but curate space. Taking the city as a venue it replaces the traditional idea of ‘exhibiting’ art with a practical vision of art as a catalyst for social and environmental change.

There are over 20 local and international speakers involved including design thinker Bruce Mau (live from Chicago), international curator  Hou Hanru, Director of Team D/E/S and founder of EcoDesign Foundation Tony Fry, leading international environmental art curator Michaela Crimmin, US-based academic Adrian Parr and designer and urbanist Dan Hill.

HotHouse is an initiative of the National Institute for Experimental Arts (UNSW) and primary project partner Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design in association with the City of Sydney.

Spaces are limited; Registrations close 12 July


Full $185 / Concession $130 for 2 days


Rachael Kiang