“19 different future scenarios for our parish to explore”

Students in the St Canice’s studio were asked to consider ways to ensure a more friendly and equitable future for the parish, while exploring the role the built environment might play in a time of rapid urban change in Sydney.

Click here to read an informative article, ‘Architecture for the Social Good’ from the Media Office of the University of NSW.

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Sue Wittenoom is a St Canice Parish Council member and is part of the working group looking at the new masterplan for the site.

She said the parish was “profoundly grateful” to the students for their work.

Parish Councillors Michael Parker and Sue Wittenoom

Parish Councillor Sue Wittenoom

“They watched and listened; helped out in the kitchen, came to Mass, and then shared their ideas in open sessions throughout the year,” Sue said.

“The students have given us 19 different future scenarios to explore – some provocative, some radical, some truly lyrical and poetic. We now have the challenge of distilling their insight into a way forward.”

An exhibition of the students’ designs, What Does the Future Hold for the Modern Church? is on display at St Canice’s Hall, 28 Roslyn Street, Elizabeth Bay, until the end of March.

2 thoughts on ““19 different future scenarios for our parish to explore”

  1. You are familiar with what happened at the Conservatorium. It’s a good model even though expensive. They preserved the human scale and historical centrepiece while growing the viability by getting a lot into neutral and beautiful excavation. It seems to me that the terraced landfall at Canice lends itself to a quite dramatic articulation of excavated spaces so that the view corridors to the centrepiece are preserved among some dramatic articulations.

    I feel in general that the models treat the site as too flat and some of them overpower the Church, which must both in exterior and interior be the Jewel.

  2. Quality presentations and an impressive range of ideas. Apart from maintaining the visibility of the church, some hard number crunching needs doing to ascertain the commercial viability of the scheme. This will eventually drive the design outcome…

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