Architecture + Housing

Interpreting Housing - Innovations for Dwelling

First we shape our cities and then our cities shape us.”

 Jan Gehl


Housing our population comprises the largest single purpose for building within of our city’s fabric. Public space, such as streets, parks and places of work and learning usually accounts for 30-40% of the urban footprint, leaving the remainder, in some instances up to 80% dedicated to housing.1 And yet, despite the dominance of this building purpose, the typology of housing remains largely unchanged by the evolution of contemporary society and culture. Increasingly restrictions are imposed on new models of housing by historical definitions and accepted ‘types’.

One of the biggest growth areas continues to be greenfield developments perpetuating the traditional suburban family house model. Suburbanisation as we know it continues to essentially provide consumers with an immutable type, this is low density housing.  Many architects and planners warn that it is unwise to continue to wittingly build this model of suburbia. The current alternatives to this typology are the equally established models of terrace style housing or stacked apartment dwellings.


The studio will consider how housing can intrinsically reflect the evolving nature and needs of society. Through a process of interpreting social components and requirements a new model or typology of domestic place will be proposed.


The studio will consider that in order to increase density there is an alternative to the accepted housing varieties. A fundamental questioning of the typology of dwelling in an urban setting, one that both defends and acknowledges the legitimacy of the home and evolves it to a new model, innovations for dwelling.