Image shows view across the courtyard, void and stairs in Building 1. The stairs provide access to roof gardens and greenhouses and are designed to create both dynamic and static productive spaces.
My project Productive dWell(be)ings is situated in the inner city suburb of Brunswick and looks to design new housing development models through the filter of urban gardening and food production, in an attempt to both enhance a sense of community, and provide socio-economic benefits to the wider region.
There are a number of benefits to introducing small scales of agriculture and food production back into the rhythm of everyday life, with precedents now extending from Havana to Brooklyn. Growing, harvesting, and producing one’s own food provides opportunities for new commerce, social mixture and diversity, education and training, leisure and health, and the gentrification of land.
Productive dWell(be)ings consists of 5 adjacent sites which present 5 unique development typologies that implement both private and communial productive gardens. The mixture of housing, commercial program and public amenity present a method of inner city densification which not only increases the number of dwellings, but also gives back to the community and begins to address food security issues associated with urban sprawl.
View along Hope street, looking west at streetscape. The building setbacks are activated through a combination of commercial, leisure and productive garden activity.
Upfield bicycle path and productive easement
View looking south along productive easement showing building 1 and productive ‘soundgarden’. The unused easement is activated through the ‘soundgarden’ which provides both a visual and acoustic break to the nearby train line.
Productive Dwell(be)ings Streetscape
Streetscape showing all 4 buildings with ‘soundgarden’ and the activated pedestrian access which links all buildings.
Series of diagrams showing different aspects of both the buildings as a linked network and as individual units.
Wall Section Building 1
Detailed section of building 1 showing relationships between productive balconies and interior spaces.