Unplanned Adelaide: Life between the gridlines 1837-2018

Event

29 January 2019, 9:00 AM — 07 March 2019, 5:00 PM

Unplanned Adelaide: life between the gridlines 1837-2018

Unplanned Adelaide: Life between the gridlines 1837-2018 is an exploration of the history and growth of the city from a city planning perspective. 

See the exhibition at the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia, 28 Leigh Street, Adelaide, from 9-5 Monday to Friday.

Ring the bell for admittance or arrange a time to see this exhibition by contacting the office on (08) 8402 1884.

This exhibition has been curated by: Susan Avey, Architecture Museum, UniSA

With the assistance of: Julie Collins and Christine Garnaut, Architecture Museum, UniSA Rachel Wardle, ODASA


Adelaide is famous for its distinctive and celebrated urban form. The gridded plan and parkland belt remain a unique combination of colonial planning tradition and nineteenth century social ideals expressed in an enduring urban layout.

The formally planned streets of Adelaide facilitated and in part determined the city’s growth. Patterns of acre squares and city blocks still dominate the drawn plan and built composition. However, the network of unplanned streets and lanes - which reaches across city blocks and town acres - is a record of collective endeavour and individual lives, played out between the gridlines.

In 1842 a survey of Adelaide known as Kingston’s Plan, showing buildings, roads and streets in the new town was published. This plan records not only the built environment but a surprising number of private streets dividing town acres and blocks. Some of these streets emerged as land was developed while others were drawn as part of future subdivisions and housing developments.

In 1880 when a comprehensive survey of the city known as the Smith Survey was completed, a complex pattern of interconnecting streets and laneways had spread across the city’s grid. This network of access expresses the life of the city and how it grew between the formally laid out streets and terraces.

Development continues in the city and the profile of its built landscape changes over time. However, the pattern of informal city streets laid out in the nineteenth century remains a legacy of life in early Adelaide.

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The history of Adelaide includes the colonial appropriation of the land on which the city was built. The curators wish to acknowledge that this exhibition was compiled and is being presented on the country of the Kaurna people who are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Adelaide Plains, and pay respect to Kaurna elders past, present and future. The curators recognise and respect the living cultural heritage and beliefs of the Kaurna people, and their continuing, cultural and spiritual relationship with the land, sea, waterways and sky of this country.