Urban Islands 2013

By Architecture Insights

July 8, 2013 - July 20, 2013

Location varies, please check website for details.

Urban Islands 2013


Urban Islands is an independent studio open to all masters level architecture students nationally and internationally. Enrolments for the Urban Islands 2013 studio are now full.

Since 2006, the Urban Islands programme has hosted emerging architects and firms from Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Japan, Peru, USA, Canada and Mexico.  Befitting its location on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, the program is constructed as an immersive experience, with high expectations on both studio leaders and their students.  A collaborative and productive culture is central to the program, informed by participation in an array of events:  site visits, installations, presentations, lectures, symposia and the closing day installations and reviews on the island.

The Urban Islands programme was conceived with contradictions in mind; between the intensity of the urban and the utopian of the island.  We aim to create a learning environment that will have a political as well as a physical context, ideological as well as programmatic content and continuity outside the short life of the two week term of the Studio.

Within the deliberately compressed workshop periods, participants inhabit Cockatoo Island, which becomes the ideal host for a model of immediacy: direct interventions and tangible outcomes.  But Urban Islands is not simply an isolated exercise; it is designed to be an inclusive, expansive and, ultimately, transformative experience for those who take part, and a continuing series of investigative events in cities around the world, dedicated to exploring the relationships between the places we find ourselves in and the manners in which we inhabit them.


Urban Islands involves a series of public events including a symposium, lectures and a Review Day on Cockatoo Island. This years events are detailed below. You can also click here to download the Urban Islands 2013 events poster.

Monday July 8th 2013, 6.30pm
BVN Donovan Hill, Level 11, 255 Pitt St, Sydney

The Urban Islands Symposium brings together our international guests and local specialists from the urbanism, culture and architecture domains to discuss the theme of ‘Deviant Thresholds and Uncertain Ground’. The symposium will be chaired by Rod Simpson. Please RSVP by Friday 5th July to contact@urbanislands.net if you would like to attend.

Tuesday July 16th 2013, 6.30pm
Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point

Catie Newell {*Alibi Studio} and Budi Pradono will present their respective current work and research.

Thursday July 18th, 6.30pm
Lecture Theatre 1 (ALT1), Wilkinson Building, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney

Ricardo Flores & Eva Prats will present their current work and research.

Saturday July 20th 2013, 10am – 5pm
Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Join us on Cockatoo Island to view the work of the Urban Islands studios and join in the discussions. Reviews start at 10am and run until 5pm in various locations around the island. A map and timetable will be available upon arrival at the ferry wharf.


Urban Islands