Tony (Yu) Tian & Szczepan (Stephen) Kasinski, Horace Petty+ 2014
Horace Petty+ Tony (Yu) Tian & Szczepan (Stephen) Kasinski
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the superblocks in Horace Petty Estate, South Yarra provides the basic human physiological and safety needs. However the estate fails to offer higher levels of needs such as belonging and esteem. Problems such as gang violence, drug trafficking and racial abuse often occur in these public housing sites. The following intervention ‘Horace Petty+’ establishes two stark contrasting approaches for comparison. They explore the higher needs of value, belonging and acceptance humans crave within their lives.
Becoming a designer has made me aware that the physical environment around us has a soul, behind every fundamental element, a wall, a window, a column and a piece of fragment. I am interested in expanding the notion of those elements and challenge people’s normalized perception of the built environment. Design is a fun process, especially with the knowledge that design is able to affect another’s life and dreams, so I want to pass the fun to those who will experience my design and make a difference. Make a building not just a building.