Thursday Night Lectures


We are inviting speakers to respond the theme of agency.
Agency is no longer confined to the human sphere.
What happens when we begin to consider agency in spatial, material, program or machine terms?
How are the boundaries of research and practice tested – and reinvented?

TNL Directors
Dr Dagmar Reinhardt
Dr Lian Loke

31st July 6:30pm

Angel Borrego Cubero

Design Agency: The Competition

SOLD OUT. There is a second screening of The Competition scheduled for 4pm, July 31st. Please RSVP above.

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney is proud to present the only screening of The Competition in Sydney on July the 31st as part of our Thursday Night Lecture series.

The Competition is a candid documentary charting the fortunes of five of the world's leading design giants, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster, striving to present a winning design in an international design competition for the National Museum of Andorra. While nearly as old as the profession itself, architectural competitions became a social, political and cultural phenomenon of the post-Guggenheim Bilbao museums and real estate bubbles of the recent past. Taking place at the dramatic moment in which the bubble became a crisis, this is the first competition to be documented in excruciatingly raw detail. The Competition is directed by Ángel Borrego Cubero who will be present for a question and answer session after the screening.

The Competition was selected to open the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR, Netherlands, 2013), the Architecture Film Festival at the Filmmuseum in Munich (Germany, 2014) and the Copenhagen Architecture and Film Festival (Denmark, 2014).

Praise for The Competition:

"For anyone with the slightest suspicion of the insidious, futile processes at work behind the facades of the world's so-called 'starchitects', a new documentary by Spanish architect Angel Borrego Cubero makes for compulsive viewing” The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright

“Angel Borrego Cubero’s wonderfully gossipy film The Competition (…) offers a revealing glimpse of life at a big - name practice.” ICON , Owen Pritchard

“[The Competition] offers a rare and comical look at the inner workings of some of the most prestigious firms in the business and sheds light on the ways star architects carefully curate their public images.” Architectural Record, Laura Mirviss

The Competition will be screened on July 31st at the Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Edgeworth David Building, Science Road, University of Sydney. The screening is free but seats are strictly limited.

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