Tonight I'm launching the new book Sirius. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/281651985671535/ …,
And much like the QVB was rightly defended in the 1960s, we must defend Sirius and Bidura today.,
Buildings like Sirius and Bidura Children’s face similar threats of demolition, but instead of being replaced with carparks, the desired replacement is residential…stacked on top of carparks. http://www.smh.com.au/comment/for-lovers-of-sydney-disappointments-are-coming-thick-and-fast-20160804-gqkqyp.html …,
When Sirius was being built, it was beautiful sandstone buildings like the QVB that were considered impractical, ugly and in need of replacement. 50 years later, it’s our modernist architecture and assets built to serve the public good that are under attack.,
He refused to stand by whilst the Council at the time pulled “the old Sydney trick” of letting “a building become derelict so that it's easier to pull down.”,
Sydney residents such as @Barry_Humphries made up the ‘enemies of progress’ who opposed the demolition of what is now one of Sydney’s most loved buildings. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/reactionary-ratbags-wont-budge-us--humphries-20120706-21mdl.html …,
Despite work starting, the plan was halted by a wave of protest and the building was saved to become the city treasure it is today.,
Lord Mayor Harry Jensen and architect Harry Seidler wanted to demolish it to build a carpark. Seidler said it was "an architectural monstrosity. A wasteful, stupid building" occupying a "key site".