Darling Harbour International Planning Competition, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour possesses some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and Sydney-siders are understandably proud and protective of their heritage. The team proposal for Darling Harbour was as much a planning and land use exercise as it was about landscape beautification.

As well as working on the submission, I had the pleasure of being asked to hand deliver to the competition organisers in Sydney, a metre square model which was made in China. However, just as I had cleared passport control at Sydney International Airport, to my horror, I saw the luggage handler push it along a conveyor belt and watched aghast as it fell to the floor! Needless to say, I spent that evening in the hotel room with a lot of glue and a lot of patience. The model was nonetheless delivered on time.