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Hullabaloo in Barangaroo

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Elizabeth Farrelly, professor of architecture at the University of Sydney, has emerged as the most prominent critic of Richard Rogers’ plans for a £3.5 billion regeneration of the Barangaroo area of Sydney

Colleagues remember ‘Libby’ from her time as assistant editor on the Architectural Review during the mid-1980s, when she curated a memorable issue on the ‘new spirit’ in architecture.

Styled to resemble a punk-rock fanzine, it drove an immaculate stiletto heel into post-modernism’s ‘painted corpse’ and was perhaps the first (and only) time that the Sex Pistols, Throbbing Gristle and Neville Brody graced the AR’s pages.

Her rebellious streak has not gone: in her column for the Sydney Morning Herald, Farrelly says Rogers buildings are ‘all but united in their disdain for public space’ and dismisses all involved in the scheme for Barangaroo (pictured above) as a ‘daisychain of pocket-pissers’.

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