Architects are an insatiable lot, we want to design everything (& think we can). Yet less than 10% of housing in Australia has architectural involvement and the majority of new housing in NSW is delivered by developers and project home companies. Only multi-residential projects, as mandated by SEPP 65, require an architect’s involvement in NSW. The Department of Planning and Environment recently released a draft Medium Density Housing Code, a policy aiming to “increase the supply and quality of low rise medium density housing across NSW”. Read more →
Recently I was privileged to stay for a couple of nights at The Commons in Brunswick Melbourne by Breathe Architecture. While I was there I had a good chance to have a thorough look around, experience living in the building and begin to understand the clever strategies and approaches taken by Breathe. Read more →
The bulk of Sydney’s expansion occurred around the early 1900s. This period coincided with the Garden City and Garden Suburb Movements and the proliferation of the motor car which allowed the expansion of Sydney beyond the confines of walking distances. The Garden City Movement was an idea of the city organised on a radiating geometry of connections between self sustaining centres in a broader landscaped setting. Inspired by these utopian visions during this period in Sydney’s development established the Federation home with a garden on an individual lot as the prevalent housing model and cemented it as a cultural expectation.
We recently attended the Architectural Axis conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Amongst several exceptonal talks we attended was one by Peter John Cantrill as a prelude to the launch of an extraordinary book which is soon to be released, prepared by Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill with the assistance of the Government Architect’s office; the book is called “Public Sydney: Drawing the City”. The book is the culmination of many years of research by not only Philip and Peter John, but the work of university students during their many years of teaching, who have equally benefited from the experience. I am privileged to be one of them. Read more →