To address the challenge of climate change we must develop low-carbon resilient communities from within the existing fabric of (sub)urban life.
To tackle this it is important to have two things: visions of desirable future living scenarios – and visible interventions, today, that can re-orient the path of future development. To explore these, the studio focused on the VEIL models of Eco-Acupunture and distributed systems thinking. This work was complemented by input from design professionals, Local Councils, State Government and the existing community, to design a suite of design projects that could trigger the building of a broader networked and sustainable precinct.
Sunshine requires the ‘retrofitting’ of an existing community. The studio sought to re-imagine Sunshine through new architectural and design strategies, addressing the distribution of food, water, transport, energy, information and the development of new Local Activities Districts. Sunshine has moved from a position of national leadership to a state of rapid decline. With its rich cultural diversity and history, what are the new possibilities for innovative design thinking? The studio examined sustainable design strategies at different scales to develop projects that capture radical and current sustainability thinking.
Sunshine Marketplace Housing Complex
Medium-density housing complimented by high-quality public amenity.
Exchange: An urban farm, public market, and community centre.
Sunshine Art and Sport Centre
A new arts and leisure centre for Sunshine.
Sunshine Plaza Youth Rooftop Housing Complex
A self-sustaining student housing community built on top of Sunshine Plaza.
Rail’s Edge Precinct
Modular design allowing for organic growth driven by social use.
Hybrid Parking Hub
A staged transition to a future of sustainable mobility technologies.
Darling Mills Activity Centre
Transforming the old Darling Mills into a diverse community hub.
Albion Station Hub
Improving connectivity and encouraging a creative community.
Sunshine Student Housing Precinct
A new housing typology for Sunshine.
Sunshine Interchange Hub
Sunshine station as a destination.
Sunshine Eco Park
Revitalising the Sunshine ‘eco-system’.
Sunshine Running Track and Productive Streetscapes
Productive streetscapes creating opportunities for the community.