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High-quality, innovative architecture and urban design provides great living places.

“A primary aim of the DASH project was to investigate the optimization of environmentally sustainable design within an affordable building program as a unified project outcome.” – A/Professor Diego Ramirez-Lovering

While numerous policies and strategies outline the increasing need for affordable and sustainable housing, there are few practical examples that demonstrate how this can be achieved by the market. DASH provided new viable housing models for both consumers and developers that add long-term quality to the urban environment. As well as providing specific and practical insights to aid industry and government in their efforts to improve provision, the project highlighted the need for a fully integrated approach to housing provision. The research demonstrates to government, developers and ultimately home buyers the contribution that architectural design can make in achieving environmentally and socially sustainable outcomes, as well as producing both enriching and inspirational urban form. These principles were adopted by VicUrban for the redevelopment of a site in the suburb of Ringwood, Melbourne.

Investigators
A/Professor Diego Ramirez-Lovering
Professor Shane Murray

Funded by
The Office of the Victorian Government Architect
The Department of Planning and Community Development
The Department of Human Services (Office of Housing)

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Townhouses – internal street interfaces with suburban park. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Apartments – generous shared open space. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Apartment building street address. Landscaped entries prioritise pedestrians. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Street address of townhouses – lane interrupts building mass and increases permiability. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Aerial Overview of DASH Pilot Project. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Flexible Townhouse Type D – occupation by single household with internal parking. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Flexible Townhouse Type D – option of external private parking enables ground level to be used as home office facing street. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Flexible Townhouse Type D – furthermore, dual egress and careful internal planning enables house to be divided into two separate dwellings. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Masterplan of DASH Pilot Project. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Section through apartment buildings – massing promotes access to sunlight, parking efficiently provided by naturally ventilated semi-basement carpark. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Flexible, dual key designs can operate as a two bedroom apartment or one bedroom with separate home office. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Section through apartment buildings – good medium to high density designs can still provide good access to all year sunlight and minimise overlooking issues. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Series of sectional diagrams demonstrating flexibility of use. Image by MAS.

Designing Affordable, Sustainable Housing (DASH)

Series of floor plans demonstrating flexibility of use. Image by MAS.

MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.

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