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The University of New South Wales was, along with the Australian National University, one of the first post-war greenfield campuses. Located in the south-east Sydney suburb of Kensington, a stable long–term vision for site planning was hampered by a constrained site which expanded incrementally. Design concepts were made and remade through City Beautiful, Beaux-Arts and Modernist styles through a succession of design plans calibrated to an expanding site. A key figure seeking to bring coherence to the early campus was Harry Rembert, Chief Designing Architect for the NSW Government Architect’s Office for twenty years and head of its innovative Design Room. Rembert understood the inherent design problems for an institution on a restricted but expanding site challenged by a difficult topography. He sought solutions to retaining human scale in an unavoidably dense setting through incorporating courtyards, under-crofts, wall and garden art, and links between building interiors and landscape, elements which he had observed on an overseas study tour. Despite modifications over the years, Rembert’s interventions are still evident today within a more stable and holistic master planning environment.

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Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference 2018
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