PROJECT // No ‘us’ and ‘them’ by Joshua Sleight. DESCRIPTION // This project explores issues that effect people from all aspects of life. Specifically, it examines how different people facing the same issues appear to be segregated into the obvious (socially unacceptable) and the hidden (socially acceptable), then seeks to create a community where those who hide no longer feel ashamed and those who are out in the open are no longer looked down upon.
PROJECT // Breathing Space by Andrew Wu. DESCRIPTION // With increasing numbers of high-density developments in Sydney, our public urban spaces are becoming more valued and sought after. Working alongside Wayside Chapel, the proposed Library and Chapel aim to provide free, accessible and indiscriminate space for the people of Bondi, and give a respite from the business of the city.
PROJECT // How can Bondi Aftercare reduce the reoffending rate for those impacted by Australia’s justice system? By Tiana-Jane Furner. (Recipient of Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship 2019) DESCRIPTION // Currently in Australia, we spend $14 billion a year on our justice system, with a 40% increase in the number of people serving prison sentences in the last decade. Of those who are released, more than half return to prison in the first 2 years. Failing to reform those in need, the Aftercare program provides the support required for newly released peoples to attain a sustainable life on the outside. The aftercare program provides short term and long term accommodation with rehabilitative and preventative programs accessible for the whole community.
PROJECT // Bondi Brewery by Aydan Franks. DESCRIPTION // Bondi Brewery is a program working alongside the Wayside Chapel to build more resilient communities whilst challenging societal preconceptions around intellectual disability. The brewery and co-working spaces provide opportunities to build social and financial networks as well as accessible public spaces to provide interaction between different groups within the local community.
Resilience, as a globally-recognised approach to building communities, societies and infrastructure to withstand negative events, is proving helpful in addressing such issues. Given rapid changes in society, both in Sydney and globally – which include fast urban growth, climate change, urban migration, divisions between wealth and poverty, marginalisation and the increasing recognition of mental health in society – urban centres need to consider resilience as a cornerstone within all current and future urban developments, if they are to succeed. This studio provides an opportunity to explore these issues, and to develop an architectural response that builds resilience through, among other things, stronger social cohesion. Articulating such a response demands an approach that is concerned with process as much as it is with product.