Adaptive Urban Architecture and Design


No other practice has so dramatically influenced Sydney’s cityscape like Tzannes.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2024.

ISBN: 9781760762926 Category:

Paola Favaro, Robert Freestone


Tzannes is an internationally acclaimed Sydney-based architectural and urban design studio. With a reputation for innovation, collaboration and ethical practice, it has shaped the way we live and work in the city. From founder Alec Tzannes’ radical reworking of the traditional terrace house forty years ago to more recent street furniture and globally pioneering work in timber architecture, the practice’s influence is evident in Australia and beyond.

Tzannes: Adaptive Urban Architecture and Design showcases over fifty housing, commercial, cultural and institutional projects, accompanied by research essays that critically interpret the work of one of Australia’s leading design firms. Together, they form an insightful examination of a practice committed to urban architecture responsive to the built, natural and First Nations environments.

Additional information

Weight 2518 g
Dimensions 22.3 x 32.5 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 24 September 2024
Number of pages 432
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.3 x 32.5 cm
Weight 2518 g


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Paola Favaro is a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture program in the School of Built Environment at UNSW. She is a graduate of the IUAV University of Venice and teaches and publishes on architecture and urban design and their historical and current roles in solving design problems related to the 21st-century city.

Robert Freestone is a Professor of Planning in the School of Built Environment at UNSW. His main research interests are in planning history, metropolitan planning, urban design, and heritage. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, Australian Academy of Humanities, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Institute of Australian Geographers.