‘Vivid Sydney’: Culture, public life and Innovation

Share this article

We have established significant relationships that are in tune with the broader ideas and attitudes within society that we believe will enhance the thinking, creativity and ethics of the Practice. This includes essential relationships with our colleagues in related spheres, be they academics, city planners, developers and other professions. At Cox we believe it is also vital to engage in broader debates and more lateral stimuli. This has led to a range of enduring and valued relationships with writers, artists, charities, theorists, fashion designers and others – all of whom enhance our Practice’s understanding of the world around us and provide insights into the communities we serve. Ultimately, this curiosity and these insights make us better Planners, Architects and Interior Designers.

This is the second year of Cox’s relationship with Vivid in Sydney – a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. The festival features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect and as such is a natural fit for Cox as a progressive practice focused on public life and new typologies in architecture.

The Cox ‘Vastitude’ installation provided Sydney’s people with a mesmerising exhibition of light, colour and optical illusion, powered by a powerful three-dimensional algorithm to display something that is at once immediate and aesthetic but also complex and mathematical. This software is the very same the practice is using to collaborate with clients and partners in a process that is both engaging and ‘live’ when exploring design scenarios.