The next crop of designers to emerge from the University of Newcastle will share their spectacular visions for the city’s development at an exhibition to be launched tomorrow.

The annual HEIST Exhibition showcases the final works of Master of Architecture students which will be held at Newcastle Town Hall, November 12 and 13.

The works represent the culmination of five years’ study for about 40 students, program convener Chris Tucker said.

Graduating student Steani Cilliers’s vision includes a Newcastle enriched by a culinary arts school.

The proposed school would teach the ethos of the international slow food movement that aims to counteract fast food and life and inspires cuisine focused on preserving a shared regional identity, Ms Cilliers said.

“My proposal would rejuvenate the city by attracting younger people to live and study in the cbd, without losing track of the heritage of Newcastle,” she said.

Fellow student Chris Mullaney will exhibit his idea of renovating one of Newcastle’s disused floating docks as a floating exhibition space, possibly housing cafes, short-term accommodation, an amphitheatre and harbour pool, boat-building workshops and festivals.

“My work focuses on turning scrap into something usable,” Mr Mullaney said. “The floating dock would be a sustainable space, evolving as the city changes.”

HEIST challenges the students to sell their overarching concept by exhibiting just a snippet of their architectural vision.

“Some of the students’ work is quite provocative,” Mr Tucker said.

“Newcastle city offers a unique urban canvas – there is so much potential. These projects find new and engaging ways of looking at the city.”

The Master of Architecture HEIST Exhibition will be opened by Renew Newcastle founder, Marcus Westbury from 5:30pm at Newcastle Town Hall.

The exhibition is open from 5pm to 10pm on Monday and 9am to 6pm on Tuesday.


The crowds at the Master of Architecture HEIST exhibition opening on Monday, 12 November.