The chronology of program delivery in the Docklands urban redevelopment scheme is questioned and a new method proposed for providing community facilities and infrastructures.
Growing Pains critiques the disconnect between rapid population growth and sluggish provision of community facilities in urban redevelopment schemes.
Taking lessons from the Docklands, a warehouse and car park in the new Fishermans Bend precinct are respectfully transformed into incubators for small community infrastructures using readily-available materials with limited lifespans.
As the context develops and population grows, these infrastructures shift and respond, eventually being entirely relocated into purpose-built structures in the immediate surrounds. The resultant empty warehouse is left to perform a vital role as an important public open space in a transformed urban environment.
An existing warehouse and car park within the new Fishermans Bend precinct of Montague are identified as being ideal to adapt and reuse, with a view to providing vital community facilities to initial residents in the early stages of the urban renewal project.
The existing warehouse and car park are altered and edited to include a maternal and child health centre, childcare, a youth centre, indoor fitness spaces, learning facilities, community meeting spaces, a library, a health and medical clinic, a small public auditorium, spaces for creative industries, and a contemporary art gallery.
As the context develops and population grows over time, these short-term facilities are no longer adequate. After their incubation, they are extracted from the warehouse and relocated into larger, permanent structures in the immediate surrounds. The car park has been flexibly designed to hold program such as the new library.
The resultant empty warehouse is left to perform a role as an important public open space in a transformed urban environment. The remaining creative hub ensures existing creative industries of the area are protected and retained throughout the process. Public transport improvements see the car park assume a new role.
An immediate and standard palette of materials ensures the strategy is pragmatic; the eventual deterioration of these acts as a catalyst for the construction of more permanent structures when the population grows.
The courtyard space is established as circulation and forecourt, continuing to serve this role after major urban redevelopment.