The Medium Density Housing Code has been in the NSW Planning pipeline for a few years. A draft was released in late 2016 with an open design competition run at the end of 2016 to test the draft controls.
The Final Code was adopted a few months ago and is due to come into effect on 6 July 2018. We’ve done quite a bit of homework to get to understand the Code and how it might be useful for our existing and prospective clients. Read more →
It will be 10 years in September since the Big Bang of Redshift’s inception, so we thought it timely to measure ourselves; our intentions, aspirations, ambitions, commitment; against our achievements.
We strive with every project to achieve good amenity. You will find many posts on our website that discuss various aspects of this. In summary, amenity is the qualities that we look for in a good living environment. It is of value to the future occupants of our buildings. Our clients (the developers) have interests over and above these (but we’ll get to that).
So far so good… the road to DA approval is paved with good intentions, the detour to ruin not an option. A smooth enjoyable DA process is not always the lot of an architect, but to date, this has been exactly our experience working on the DA for a BBQ restaurant for a winery in the Hunter Valley. After a very positive meeting with Council, it’s now full steam ahead on developing and improving the design and prepare the Development Application.Read more →
Been many thinkings in my head of late.
The subject of my last post, The Commons, was a thought provoking visit that’s still resonating and percolating. My thoughts are naturally with current Redshift projects too, but presently my head space is mostly dominated by ruminations on a talk we will be giving soon at the Institute of Architects in Potts Point (details here). The point here, however, is not to write about any of these things, but rather reflect on a comment that came from a developer friend of ours. His somewhat provocative albeit good humoured, response to the written description of the talk was that it reflected the profession’s high opinion of itself, Architect as deity. Fair point I thought, but where does the role of advocate sit with this? Read more →