Rethinking the Neighbourhood
(Final Masters Studio Project, 2016)
Co-op is new typology of housing which aims to translate and reinterpret the qualities of the suburban neighbourhood and home, into a higher density, urban context.
t’s no accident that 78% of Australia’s population choose to reside in detached dwellings. The poor standard of urban housing solutions in brisbane have caused many Australians to associate high-density living with sacrifice. For many families, living close to amenity in the city is less valuable than the what they perceive are the benefits of living in suburban neighbourhoods, such as - a backyard, privacy, space, security, sense of community and flexibility for growing families.
It is therefore the responsibility of architects to lead the way and show residents that it is possible to live close to amenity, without making these sacrifices. Through a set of strategies, informed by extensive analysis of local and global housing issues, a speculative architectural response has been proposed. The proposal represents a new socially and environmentally sustainable model of housing for Brisbane’s inner-city, in a 2030 future scenario; providing a safe and inclusive place for families to play, live and grow together in a community-focussed environment. Co-op seeks to make the city a more liveable and enjoyable for people of all ages, big and small.