Life, Space, Buildings

Life, Space, Buildings seeks to explore how a mixed tenure neighbourhood can be created within the Bays precinct, while balancing the need to clean up the toxic site and provide public space at a series of scales. Mixed tenure neighbourhoods was chosen as a focus for this project since many have called for more affordable and subsidised housing to be included within the state government’s plan for the Bays. The project asks the question, ‘How can landscape architecture help create successful mixed tenure neighbourhoods?’. In response to this, the project was largely driven by the following principle, championed by urbanist Jan Gehl, “The widespread practice of planning from above and outside must be replaced with new planning procedures from below and inside, following the principle: first life, then space, then buildings.”This principle formed the backbone for a scheme which seeks to create public spaces in which a socially sustainable community is fostered as well as providing public space for Sydneysiders. The site was divided up into areas for different aspects of public life. Spaces where then formed around these centres and finally buildings were added to help frame the public spaces. By leveraging the necessary phytoremediation processes, a framework for dividing the site into differing levels of privacy was created.
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We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.