This semester’s Studio at University of South Australia was about the need for future densification of Adelaide’s suburbs. Like in a multitude of growing cities in the world, Adelaide needs to be ‘infilling’ suburbs to meet the needs of a growing population. At present, the plots in these suburbs are typically characterised with one small villa or cottage and large backyards, in which several more dwellings and many more people could be housed if subdivided and built upon. This is in contrast to housing more people by ‘building outward’ further from the external ring of the city, which poses the risk of becoming highly unsustainable and inefficient: increasing transport and fuel will be needed for people to commute to the city every day, and infrastructure available in the city for water, electricity and others will need to be extended outward instead of used to its full potential as it is.
A problem we will face is providing Adelaide residents with some of the privacy and outdoor space they are used to, while still increasing the density of suburban land. An important consideration is also preserving the heritage architectural style of Adelaide cottages and villas by retaining them as much as possible and building in addition to them. This will also help to reduce waste.
Students were to take two sites from an existing suburb in Adelaide, treat them as a whole, and experiment with creating dwelling and commercial entities upon them to increase density.
Clyde Street Market is about community. It aims to create a community within itself, while also providing to the public. It houses a diverse group of people, and provides mixed use facilities as well as individual homes. It provides residents with privacy and interaction, indoor and outdoor space.
I received excellent grades and feedback throughout this semester, and remain to be intrigued and inspired by this line of thinking.
I’m aware that one day I’ll look back at my second year work and cringe – and have grown in my abilities immensely. But for now, this is as exciting as that future.
Below is the presentation that went with this model.
Looking forward to many more semesters of studying realistic, sustainable design solutions!