The Historic Houses Trust have published a book on their successful refurbishment and expansion of the Mint in central Sydney. The project is an exemplar of best practice procurement, with a sophisticated client and quality architect working together, rather than adversarially, on this complex project.
Gerard Reinmuth was asked to make a contribution to the book given his focus on the political machinery which underpins how cities are made and how this machinery presses itself onto the procurement processes for much government work. He takes the outsider's view of the project, reflecting on the excellence of the outcome and how this varies substantially from most other public work in NSW.
This contribution led to Gerard's involvement in a Q&A session about the book as part of the 2009 Sydney writer's festival, held on May 19.