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Critical Mass

Megan Doody & Fleur Christian

Traditional high density housing typologies, i.e. the multistorey apartment tower, do not provide the opportunity for spontaneous interaction between residents or a sense of community. Interaction is impeded by a lack of quality circulation space and flexible shared spaces for residents. This project explodes the monolithic superblock and reconfigures it into a porous form where circulation is externalised. Open walkways expand into larger spaces with the potential for exchange between residents. The site for our investigation is the inner city suburb of Footscray, which has been earmarked as one of the central activity zones around Melbourne to be densified.

f.h.christian@gmail.com
megan.e.doody@gmail.com

Megan Doody
Corner external view
2013

Megan Doody
Courtyard internal view
2013

Megan Doody
McNab Ave Section A
2013

Megan Doody
Superblock Exploded
2013

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