UTS MArch Course code: 11513

Download the course flyer produced for UTS students MArch11513NextGennoticerevA.jpg

Download the UTS course briefing document UTS BRIEF NextGen Course V7.pdf
Download the most recent course timetable here NextGen PLAN MArch V4 12-10-10.pdf
Download the slide presentation of NextGen given to the UTS architecture students in late 2009 NextGen slideshow Nov09.pdf

Download the Jeff Turko studio document here UTS-11513 UrbProj-wrkshp-JT-1.doc


Designing the Next Generation of Affordable Housing for Australia

Jointly run with Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT, Melbourne

Course at UTS: Prof Tom Barker (course leader), Adam Russell of DRAW , studio assistant: Matthias Irger
Course partners at SIAL RMIT: Prof Mark Burry, Malte Wagenfeld, Barnaby Bennett

External contributors: architects and urban designers John Wardle Architects, Craig Allchin of Six Degrees, Ben Derbyshire of HTA Architects (UK); developers Grocon, Campus Living Villages; environmental philosopher Prof Andrew Brennan of La trobe; social capital and communities Prof Jennifer Onyx

Our subject is the design of NextGen: the next generation affordable Australian home, and the (re)generation of vibrant neighbourhoods. Australia currently has the least affordable housing of anywhere in the world and a patchy record with urban design.

You will be transforming medium scale vacant/derelict inner city neighbourhoods in Sydney and Melbourne and experimenting with design typologies, materials and construction, density and vibrancy, cultural shift strategies, modes of ownership, amenities, actionable neighbourhood design and city integration.

The most striking examples of housing in Australia show ingenuity – but often ingenuity which is serving lifestyles, rather than formalistic predilections. NextGen will tighten up and hone the argument, both in terms of the urban rationale and the passion for the home.

The scale of the design problem demands radical solutions. For example, Pritzker panellist Alejandro Aravena’s “half-built” housing (Chile), Urban Ecology Australia’s Christie Walk with shared amenities and food gardens (Adelaide). The era of fat plots of land for single dwelling urban homes is long over, but badly designed higher density apartments have resulted in ugly, ill-considered schemes, poor neighbourhood integration and a lack of vibrancy.

Fundamental to this course is a commitment to the socio-cultural transformative capacity of architecture. To provoke and facilitate design excellence, the course has contributions from a number of external experts. It will be jointly run with SIAL, the ground breaking lab at RMIT established by Mark Burry – and there will be several exchange visits and peer reviews between studen