Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards
Sydney to the Gong MS Bike Ride
Back to the City
On-site Recycling
Small Places
Back to the City - lightHOUSE
Back to the City was a temporary public art project involving 17 collaborative teams of artists and architects, which happened in Newcastle in January 2008. These 'interventions' with the landscape spanned the Newcastle CBD and surrounds.

The lightHOUSE installation by artist Izabela Pluta, architects Brian Suters and Paulo Macchia, and Urban Designer Philip Pollard, contemplated different stages of man's intervention with the landscape. Its form took the coal monument in Parnell Place as a point of departure. The changed/used landscape was considered through oyster shells, rope and coal; where the origins, settlement and industry are suggested. North-east a gabion cube mimicked the coal monument. A sky of shadows activated by a wind propelled wheel became a symbol for a dynamic future with a reduced reliance on coal.

Babic Construction was excited to sponsor the project, and managed the building of the lightHOUSE.