Elizabeth Farrelly | The Sydney Morning Herald
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Elizabeth Farrelly is a Sydney-based columnist and author who holds a PhD in architecture and several international writing awards. She is a former editor and Sydney City Councilor. Her books include 'Glenn Murcutt: Three Houses’, 'Blubberland; the dangers of happiness’ and ‘Caro Was Here’, crime fiction for children (2014).

An influence-peddler's guide (to the limits everyday folk expect of you)
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An influence-peddler's guide (to the limits everyday folk expect of you)

I have my own history of rejecting developers' gifts, but political donations are only part of the problem with influence-peddling.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly

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Build slower cities or keep careering towards disaster
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Build slower cities or keep careering towards disaster

The 20th century was focused largely on burning the past to expand the present, but we were really burning our future. We can change - and developing walking cities would be a good start.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
Erasing our women of history in Parramatta, stone by stone, brick by brick
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Erasing our women of history in Parramatta, stone by stone, brick by brick

If the government appreciated what treasures exist in the suburb, it wouldn't be so hellbent on dismantling and rebuilding.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
Ours for eternity? Saving the home of artist Martin Sharp
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Ours for eternity? Saving the home of artist Martin Sharp

Endless meetings with arts honchos have produced plenty of goodwill but no tangible way to preserve the Bellevue Hill home and studio of the celebrated artist.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
So this is uncomfortable - for once I agree with Pauline Hanson
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So this is uncomfortable - for once I agree with Pauline Hanson

It’s bizarre that she, of all people, should be the champion of academic freedom but on this issue she is right.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
Prince Charles is dipping his toe into grubby puddle of Sydney development but for what?
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Prince Charles is dipping his toe into grubby puddle of Sydney development but for what?

Why involve a prince if, like any rubbish developer, he’s just going to help the government break the rules?

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
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Dear John, we could be friends but you'll have to make some changes
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Dear John, we could be friends but you'll have to make some changes

Even before KoalaGate, Deputy Premier John Barilaro hasn't been doing rural communities or the planet any favours.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
What life there is feels like death: Sydney Olympic Park, a forlorn legacy of our Games sugar-hit
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What life there is feels like death: Sydney Olympic Park, a forlorn legacy of our Games sugar-hit

An excursion to Sydney Olympic Park reveals a state-owned ghost town, a joyless aftermath in which unused four and six-lane roads remain pristine in their ugliness.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
Anyone who eats anything, ever, should buy this curiously hybrid book
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Anyone who eats anything, ever, should buy this curiously hybrid book

The surprising lake of ignorance that lies behind our food obsessions is the core subject of a fascinating new book.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
Was the Powerhouse backflip a pseudo-somersault?

Was the Powerhouse backflip a pseudo-somersault?

Packing up the priceless collection is continuing apace.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly
The bust in Sydney's building industry is no bloodbath
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The bust in Sydney's building industry is no bloodbath

Drop the word “bloodbath” into your media release and you can pretty much guarantee headlines, but is it true?

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly