Design Canberra Festival Design Canberra Festival

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Civic Square and the Utopian City Ideal

COLLECTION CONVERSATION

Civic Square, designed by Roy Simpson of Yuncken Freeman in 1959, was a confident assertion of utopian Modernist architectural style. Join Senior Curator Virginia Rigney for an illustrated conversation with Architect and Heritage Consultant David Hobbes in the theatrette as they interrogate the utopian ideals behind the design and the public art of the Square. The conversation will consider recent acquisitions to CMAG’s Collection including images of Civic Square and the sculpture of Head of Ethos by Tom Bass, and how images of the completed buildings were used throughout the 1960s to promote the city.

Presented as part of the annual DESIGN Canberra festival (4-24 November 2019)

Book by Thursday 21 November

Civic Square and the Utopian City Ideal
Fri 22 Nov 2019
Past event
Civic Square c.1961. Photo: CMAG Collection
Civic Square c.1961. Photo: CMAG Collection