Adaptive Urban Architecture and Design


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 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 300 g
Dimensions 21.5 x 29 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 30 July 2024
Number of pages 432
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.5 x 29 cm
Weight 300 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. Her research on the work of Australian architects has been published in international journals and books and presented as a keynote at international conferences and symposia. She presented a paper 'Harry Seidler's Five Sydney Towers' at the opening of the Harry Seidler Travelling Exhibition in Venice, Italy (2019), published a chapter 'Six Lectures: Reconstructing and testing Harry Seidler's 1980s architecture design studio' in Expanded Architecture: Temporal Spatial Practices (Bauhaus Edition 47, 2016), and co-authored The Contribution of Enrico Taglietti to Canberra's Architecture (RAIA, 2007). Her video and book History for Architecture: Alec Tzannes and Doojin Hwang in Sydney and Seoul, funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation, was published in 2023 by ListLab.

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. His co-authored and edited books include Campus: Building Modern Australian Universities (2023), Designing the Global City (2019), Iconic Planned Communities and the Challenge of Change (2019), Planning Metropolitan Australia (2018), Urban Nation: Australia's Planning Heritage (2010) and Human Scale in Architecture: George Molnar's Sydney (2003).