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Can families embrace high-density living?

Urban Suburban examines what makes the suburbs attractive for families, and why tower living in Melbourne is not. This is a study of density, amenity, values, and the things that make a home. Is a resistance to apartments due to a lack of available options, or is it an ingrained cultural attitude? Can the sentiments of the suburbs be transposed to the central CBD?

Urban Suburban asks students to provide an alternative to the suburban dream on its quarter acre block, and reimagine long-term family living within a tower typology. The studio will study patterns of living, networks of amenity in both the city and the suburbs, and the current trends and activity in Melbourne’s multi-residential developments.

The site of study will the 217 Lonsdale St, an empty block of car park smack bang amongst the action of late night-revellers, eateries, offices, and shoppers. Areas for discussion are how to create community, and the suitability of a 18:1 plot ratio on this site. It will also question the long-term implications of limited living options, and study the social outcomes in high-rise living. In light of a growing population, the studio aims to explore apartments for living not selling, and critically respond to this urban issue.

With: Yvonne Meng, Mon & Thurs 1.30-4.30pm

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