Our local picks from 2023 Sydney Design Week

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The 27th Sydney Design Week, which kicks off this Friday, will feature more than 60 events, some of them here in our neck of the woods.

Tours, workshops, film screenings, performances and public architecture are on the menu this year.

During September 15-24 local design enthusiasts are invited to celebrate local and international designers through a vibrant and vast program taking place in leading cultural and community institutions in our region.

Here are our Top 5 Design Week picks for our readers to consider:

Number 1: September 17, Australian PlantBank tour at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
PlantBank is the award winning home of plant conservation research and germplasm collection and storage in NSW. This tour of the Australian PlantBank led by Peter Titmuss, architect and John Siemon, Botanic Gardens of Sydney, will highlight the unique design of the PlantBank and its science conservation programs. Entry $15 Adults, $12 Concession.

Number 2: September 23, Warragamba Dam Architect Tour. This 90-minute tour led by architect Annabel Lahz (Lahznimmo Architects), dam safety manager Martin Weir (WaterNSW) and catchment area manager Mary Knowles (WaterNSW) will explore the Warragamba Dam’s ground-breaking design and share insights into Sydney’s complex water supply system. Entry $15 Adults, $12 Concession.

Number 3: September 17, National Herbarium of NSW Tour, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.Take a tour of the new state-of-the-art herbarium facility at Mount Annan. The National Herbarium of NSW houses a collection of more than a million plant specimens, making it one of the most significant botanical resources in the Southern Hemisphere. Entry $15 Adults, $12 Concession.

Number 4: September 17, Horsely Park urban farm tour and talk. Take a tour of the Horsley Park Urban Farming Precinct which produces a huge variety of food including strawberries, chillies, snake beans and even sugar cane. Paula Tomkins from Greater Sydney Parklands will also lead a discussion of the planning framework used to reinvigorate agricultural activities and food production in Western Sydney Parklands. Entry $15 General, $12 Concession.

Number 5: September 23, Writing Rooms workshop, Whitlam Prime Ministerial home, Cabramatta.
A free afternoon workshop hosted by Sophie Lanigan, editor of Union Magazine, and Charles Rice, Fullbright Scholar and published author offering a productive and fun way for writers to explore design journalism and respond to the unique heritage setting of the Whitlam Prime Ministerial home in Cabramatta, pictured below. Free entry, registration required. To find out more or register for an event, visit the Sydney Design Week website here.

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