Much was anticipated from the NSW Housing Diversity Code. The Code promised more affordable alternatives between the polarised choice of a house on a remote suburban lot, or a more centrally located high rise apartment; to fulfil Sydney’s ‘missing middle’. It also promised to cut approval periods for small housing projects; a welcome alternative to the draconian uncertain and bureaucratic DA approval process.
However, the implementation of the Code was fraught from the start with controversy that undermined its effectiveness and ironically compromised housing diversity. To understand why, requires an understanding of the Code, the possibilities for its application, politics and as always economics.
(Above – A typical ‘Big Cottage’ in Daceyville containing 4 dwellings each with a front door to the street)
‘The Blue Zones’, is a phrase coined by Dan Buettner and his team in a book by the same name, to identify 5 geographic ‘hotspots’ associated with the “world’s healthiest, long-lived people”. These hotspots include: Ikaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica and Loma Linda in California.
Our family have recently considered buying an electric car to replace our family car. In researching the energy considerations associated with the purchase of an electric car, we discovered that the embodied energy in a new electric car is higher than a typical combustion driven car. Embodied energy is the amount of energy used in the production of something including its delivery and installation and it can take about 50,000 – 70,000 additional kilometres for an electric car to recoup the energy expenditure of that original purchase relative to a combustion driven car.
You might be wondering how this has any bearing on the project for the CSLSC.Read more →
The CSLSC is an institution the predates the original 1940’s heritage building which sits at the centre of the conglomerate of buildings that constitute the club house. A number of accretions and modifications to the building over the course of 70 years had resulted in an increasingly compromised arrangement of spaces that had poor amenity and utility.Read more →
Places, their meaning to a community and the process of making of spaces for such places within a broader act of City Making require overlapping layers of consideration. How this is achieved is important to institutions like the Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club; by identifying the importance of places with rich cultural history and meaning to its membership as well as celebrating them more broadly with the local community as an act of City Making.Read more →
In 2011 when we were first engaged by the CSLSC it is important to understand that neither the scale of what would be required to undertake the project nor an understanding of the necessary budget were known. Like many Surf Life Saving organisations, the CSLSC is run by impassioned volunteers in committee based management structures with sometimes divergent views. Yet, it was clear that something needed to be done about what had with time become a dysfunctional club house that did not appropriately serve the needs of the Club, its membership or the broader community.Read more →
Volunteer organisations like the Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club, are like a microcosm of society, they’re inherently democratic and accordingly there are many and disparate voices within the organisation often with competing ideas, ‘wants’ and requirements. The management committee comprised locals with a strong association with the Club led by a desire to contribute and lead the organisation and its functions. While the Club was strong, their building was no longer fit for purpose. In 2010, the CSLSC established a Building Committee to commence the process of refurbishment. Like any democracy, opinions were broad, varied and at times opposing. This presented challenges that needed navigating.Read more →
When we were first invited by Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club to inspect the club house building we were intrigued by an oddly placed hall runner. But what could an oddly aligned hall runner tell you about a building?Read more →
Most briefs are centred on the interests and aspirations of the client which may bear little relationship to the needs and aspirations of other entities, Councils, neighbours or the broader public. The brief for the CSLSC was no exception, but seeking common good can influence the success of projects by capitalising on shared benefits with the public and other entities beyond the clients requirements.Read more →