PROJECT // C.A.P HOUSE – a house with community, adaptability and personality by Nancy Chen. DESCRIPTION // Currently, the apartments in Australia lack of diversity and adaptability that results in the housing issue of overcrowding and underutilization. The starting point of this design direction is the precedent case 110 ROOMS. It shows a possibility of achieving the capability of the apartment to adapt variational family situations through an ingenious arrangement. The layout is used as the module to create an apartment building with a great degree of flexibility. Every single apartment is based on the personality and situation of household, which also can allow change through time. As the result, it is a malleable building for diversity of personalities.
PROJECT // Activating Inactive Lane by Vellika Wibowo. DESCRIPTION // This project activates inactive lane to improve social interaction, safety, density and a better land use. Seeking linear lane, garages and other non-active spaces are to be transformed into a vibrant lane to live on with commercial opportunities on street level.
PROJECT // Housing for the modern families by Deidre Zhang. DESCRIPTION // Typical apartment design neither recognizes the complex and diverse nature of contemporary families nor does it take up the opportunities inherent in this diversity. This project is an attempt to reposition housing design towards the way many of us live.
PROJECT // A room for rent by David Wang. DESCRIPTION // In our lifetime, family sizes shrink and grow but our homes do not change with us, resulting in rooms becoming unused or a need for more room. This project aims to solve this issue by deconstructing apartment layouts to allow for flexibility in living, choice and ownership. This is investigated by considering the use of a room and in doing so, questioning the need for kitchens and the possibilities of sharing bathrooms.
This studio asks students to re-imagine the urban strategies informing the development of our cities. With a focus on housing affordability and diversity in housing arrangements, the studio project will develop an urban proposition that serves as a direct, detailed and substantive critique of the policy frameworks currently guiding housing delivery. To inform and ground the studio projects, the critique will be based on three fields of inquiry – economic (understanding the financial settings required for alternative outcomes), regulatory (acknowledging the legislative framework underpinning the development of the city) and programmatic (exploring the physical arrangements of localities and buildings and their impact on the way we live). The studio encourages students to become involved in the city and provide them with the agency to affect change.