Hidden Sydney is an experiment in mapping our city. The exhibition gives a snapshot of a
creative research project plotting the hidden in the familiar, and encouraging new engagement
with Sydney’s rich urban environs. The exhibition recasts our collective knowledge of
Sydney, not only to reveal the city’s hidden spaces, but also to provoke the imagination: it’s
a means of discovering other Sydneys that are suppressed or concealed; of dreaming about
what might exist.
Hidden Sydney is the result of collaborative work between students at The University of
Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning in association with The City of Sydney.
The exhibition features the research work of nine Masters of Architecture and Masters of
Urban Design students led by Dr Lee Stickells, and smart phone applications developed by
students in the Bachelor of Design Computing led by Dr Martin Tomitsch.
City Stages maps the spaces within the Sydney that facilitate performance and its viewing. These stages can be hidden spaces offering stage potential or stages hidden by their impermanence or obscurity. The sunken courtyard that gives a practicing juggler an elevated audience, the public steps that give passers by a seat to watch a busker sing his stories, the sidewalk awning that – even if just once – allows a great band to play goodbye.