A fresh new curvilinear approach to design is emerging in urban Sydney that challenges the uniformity of endless rectangular street edge buildings that respond to the orthogonal grid so liked by planners.

Just look at the recently opened Barangaroo Reserve with its flowing shapes as it reinterprets the original topography rather than conforming to the rigid form of the concrete container wharf that straightened the flowing landscape a few decades ago. Balancing this recreated naturalistic form is an adjacent architecture that also…