Tag: Dossier: Housing in extremis
Indigenous people and their settlements are more than tiny dots littered across a vast continent. These smaller settlements are under threat of closure by top-down policies in favour of urban concentration.
A small group of practitioners and researchers have made a noteworthy contribution to the quality and supply of housing for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The accumulated expertise, including well-informed housing designs, should be more broadly shared.
Western Australian architecture practice Coda has designed a night shelter, Tom Fisher House, that provides a moment of repose for those who are sleeping rough on the streets of Perth.
From an architectural perspective, little consideration is given to the design and monitoring of detention centres in Australia. Sensitive, humane, culturally appropriate custodial design should be employed for this “architecture of displacement.”
Architect Wendy Lovelace explains why it’s the imperative for housing to accommodate the varying needs and abilities of the Australian population.
Designed in response to Australia’s obsession with the McMansion, a speculative project by architecture practice Otherothers demonstrates how the outer walls of a large, detached single-family home can be re-zoned to accommodate multiple inhabitants and a range of functions.