By Ed Lippmann

Re-imagining our futures in the harbour city

I heartily commend Sydney XXXL. It comes at a critical time in the life of the city and will contribute to the crucial debate now underway on the future form of Sydney. (Richard Rogers, Foreword)


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In less than 250 years, Sydney has evolved from fledgling colonial outpost to thriving global city, it’s emerald harbour or the iconic opera house the envy of the world. But behind the postcard-perfect images, it’s a city struggling with its own success. A city quite literally bursting at the seams, with a population of 5 million, and growing at a rate of 100,000 every year. A city with a proud past that can have a wonderful future. But for that to happen, it needs something that it’s never had – an effective, comprehensive plan for urban development and design.

This is the point of departure for Ed Lippmann, renowned and respected Sydney Architect. He’s seen firsthand the problems that have come from the city’s lack of planning and he has a unique perspective on how they might be avoided in the future. Sydney XXXL, digs deep into Sydney’s history, charting the financial and political interests that have shaped its development, and – most importantly – identifying the key decisions that have to be made to accommodate future population growth in a more livable, sustainable city.

Foreword by Richard Rogers


228 x 228mm


Ed Lippmann




Altrim Publishers


Soft Cover


Town planning





   Publication date

September 2019

About the authors

Ed Lippmann is an Australian architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs and use of lightweight materials. Lippmann is the winner of three National Awards from the Australian Institute of Architects for Commercial Architecture, Public Buildings and Urban Design. He is the principal at Lippmann Partnership, an architecture studio based in Sydney. Lippmann is perhaps best known for his work on the Andrew “Boy” Charlton Pool, the Butterfly House and 8 Chifley Square, the latter designed in partnership with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners.


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