This project partners with architect Katherine Sundermann and the development company Property Collectives who specialise in deliberative residential development - bringing groups of like-minded individuals together into collectives to help source sites and manage residential development projects. The workshops in Melbourne in 2018 showcase a 1:100 customisable model for collaborative apartment planning and design for aspiring households.
The model provided a visual and spatial device through which people who were interested in forming a development group could come together and test their willingness to enter into this kind of arrangement and also explore the trade-offs and practicalities of such a collaborative approach to housing.
‘Invaluable – having a physical model to work with clarified the reality of the compromises.’
‘The blocks brought the core philosophy and motivations to life.’
‘The exercise of placing blocks really demonstrated the way that trade-offs play out.’
Rapid City is a prototype model for collaboratively planning the expansion of rapidly urbanising cities and regions. It was trialed in the fast growing city of Gulu in Uganda, Africa in June 2019. Participants explored different typologies of city growth to provide a baseline for imagining the form of a future urban pattern. The objective is to link this physical model with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to provide a means of responsibly evaluating urban growth scenarios.
‘Once again, it was a great pleasure working with you both last week. Thanks again for coming, and for all of the work that you put in to making it such a great success.’
Dr Richard Vokes
Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education, School of Social Sciences, UWA
Streets Ahead tackled the challenge of community-led revitalisation of a prominent main street environment. Albany Highway is no longer a highway but a main street suffering from decades of auto-centric planning. With increases in local population there is an opportunity to refocus on the street environment as a vibrant and active public realm. This interactive 1:100 scaled model allowed participants to imagine new uses for the traditional shopfronts and to test complimentary public realm upgrades to shift the emphasis back to human needs.
Extraordinary work team! Really positive energy in the room and it seemed to me that people had fun.
Andrew Brodie, Vic Park Collective
it was great to be able to work collaboratively with other members of the community and visually see what the street could look like
a great way to visualise challenges and solutions
helped think about development/activation above the street level. Also gave perspective to scale of badly designed space taken up by shopping centre/carpark
Delegates at the 2017 Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Researchers were challenged to build a Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Typically these professionals are concerned with transport service and frequency however they are a critical stakeholder if ambitions for more intense land use activity near transit stops are to be realised. This exercise created a cross-disciplinary platform for transport planners to understand the principles and challenges that urban planners face when attempting to integrate density and diversity near transit.
‘Groups composed of participants with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds were passionately engaged for the afternoon designing their own development...a distinctive outcome which could not be achieved by simply reading and sharing ideas about planning.’
Doina Olaru, Associate Professor, Management and Organisations (UWA Business School)
Bassendream invites the citizens of the Town of Bassendean to explore and imagine the values and principles which will underpin their next local planning strategy. A series of interactive models covering a range of urban contexts and scales allowed community members to experiment with welcoming additional households into the town and identify opportunities for public space, economic activity and environmental response.
On behalf of the Town of Bassendean, I would like to personally thank you for your contribution to the BassenDream Design Workshops.
The Town appreciates the time and energy given to making these events a success. Your dedication and patience in arranging and hosting the recent design workshops and supporting the Bassendean community is to be commended. You have contributed to making the Town a vibrant, inclusive and connected place to work and live.
Chief Executive Officer, Town of Bassendean
Suburban areas of the the City of Fremantle have shown a decrease in housing options over the past 25 years. What do people want from their future suburb? What is missing and how can we transform these environments? We designed an interactive customisable model suburb so that the policy makers could make decisions based on practical and community generated evidence. Community open days invited people to come and create their own ideal piece of future suburb and we recorded their designs and preferences. People came face to face with the opportunities and challenges of transforming suburbs.
This resulted in a new planning led policy to allow smaller infill dwellings in suburban areas. This policy was successfully gazetted by the state planning minister in February 2019. It’s the next step moving beyond ‘granny flats’ or ADUs to stimulate small and moderately sized infill.
‘The model really helped us to engage in a meaningful way on complex planning policy.
Participants used the model to think through the various issues and show how urban infill could be delivered with the constraints of existing trees and houses, where car parking could go and what should or shouldn’t be included in the development. ‘
Paul Garbett – Director of Strategic Planning and Projects, City of Fremantle
From time to time we like to take our models to the youngest members of our community and see what kinds of new ideas they can generate. Unfettered by planning controls its a chance to re imagine our suburbs and find out what kinds of values are emerging in younger generations. We are constantly surprised by the way the kids re purpose our models towards imaginative and creative ends.
In Perth and other Australian cities typical responses to upzoning for medium density tend to lead to some poor spatial outcomes. Trees and gardens disappear, everything gets paved and cars dominate the site. Its not in line with 21st century thinking around resource conversation, physical health and mental wellbeing. When a typical R40 scape is shown in model form it provides a startling baseline to reimagine a different future for our suburbs.
How would you and your neighbours triple the number of households in your street block in order to keep your cherished suburb thriving and do your bit to tackle urban sprawl? You have a number of choices to make. Where do the new homes go? How big should they be? What do you do with the old houses on your street? How do you maintain the leafy, open qualities you all love? How can you build an even better community and help the environment?
‘Pimp’ your suburb using our interactive and customisable 1:200 scale design tool.
Does planning knowledge help or hinder spatial innovation. Up to twenty teams of between 3 and 8 people are able to use their collective energy to design a future suburban residential environment in a fun and interactive session. At the end we are able to analyse the designs and report back on key planning controls by comparing with the existing situation and other completed designs.
‘The ‘Pimp My Suburb’ co-design workshop was the highlight of the PIA-WA conference, and I loved your customisable 1:200 scale model for its ability to visualise increasing housing density in suburbs. I can see lots of practical teaching, research and public engagement applications for it.’
Professor Carolyn Whitzman, Melbourne School of Design
My Best Home is a Co-design project to try and identify the needs and options for future housing for seniors in the City of Cockburn. Many seniors live in larger single homes and are looking for different patterns of living as they age but also want to remain in their local neighbourhoods. This project explores their wishes and hopes and then allows them to make propositions for housing options and to then identify constraints and challenges in achieving these.
‘This was a really very informative and well presented, thoroughly enjoyed session. ‘
‘Great to hear other perspectives, share ideas with others and have the experience of professionals.’
We decided to open up our studio and invite our friends and colleagues to come an experience the fun of interacting with five of our favourite models and games. It was a chance to share our work and let everyone know what we do and why its so much fun!
Dr Anthony Duckworth also gave a talk on this research and practice which you can view here.
Year 10 high school students studying geography see their ideas for urban planning brought to life in this co-design excursion. Classes learn about the principles of urban design and get to apply them using a scale model kit. Typically three iterations of their design are created and documented per group giving the students opportunities to receive real time feedback from experts and modify their decisions. Sun-path simulations are always a spectacle!
‘This unit of work has worked better than I ever expected and the highlight of every student is the trip to AUDRC to model the work.’
Sarah MacGill, Domain Leader HASS, Joseph Banks Secondary College
Master my Plan allows participants to collectively envisage a precinct scaled urban regeneration project using a 1:1000 customisable interactive model. However it doesn’t stop there, working with Dr Paula Hooper of UWA and Dr Claire Boulange of RMIT we have integrated the physical model design with real -time performance measures around health and economic feasibility. People are able to view the benefits of their designs immediately and then change the organisation of different land uses and building types to refine and optimise their performance. This project is currently under development as a unique Planning Support System for industry and government.
‘I would like to thank you, Claire P, Claire B and Paula again for all of your help to make Wednesday’s session a huge success. It was wonderful seeing our idea come to fruition using your map table and interactive models. The feedback for this session has been overwhelmingly positive, which reflects the importance of what AUDRC and UWA/UPA are doing with the different mapping models.’
2018 National Conference Organiser, Planning Institute of Australia.
How do we transform the ageing industrial areas in cities now primarily driven by service based economies? Catalyst creator investigates strategies and tactics for sowing the seeds of change in these locations. Urban planning students from Curtin University used different elements to create agglomerations of entrepreneurial activity and emerging technology - to create a new industrial ‘ecosystem’.
How do creatively engaged kids see the future of their suburbs and living spaces? Millenium Kids champions the agency of young people to develop local, regional and international partnerships to explore, identify and address environmental issues and make change in their communities. This workshop asked kids to transform their typical suburban residential environments and the result were innovative and playful.
Thanks for facilitating Anthony! Was a wonderful open ended session with Kids setting their own goals. Such a wonderful process.
Chief Executive Officer, Millenium Kids
HOA means Housing Opportunity Area. The City of Joondalup had identified ten locations within suburban areas which could potentially accommodate a greater number of households. Although these areas had been rezoned the built form outcomes were creating a lot of tension in the community. Collaborative Place Design designed an interactive built form model to allow community members to explore alternative built form outcomes and test their own views with each other.
The exercise required coordination over a large number of participants and the ability to provide an inclusive and respectful environment for the diverse range of views in the community.
‘Better understanding of limitations and concessions’
‘Made it clear we need better controls on development’
‘A great idea’
Instead of designing dwellings what if we focussed on trees and tree canopy coverage? In this project we created models of three different urban contexts and asked the community to collectively help build an urban forest in each one. Partnering with the Vic Park Collective and the Victoria Park Urban Tree Network in Perth as part of the Victoria Park Urban Forest Strategy these workshops gave real-time feedback on canopy targets and led to some great sharing of knowledge across the community to feed into strategy.
‘Co-designing the structure of the workshops and the design of the models was hassle-free. Your professionalism, and that of your team’s made our life much easier. You were accommodating, flexible and innovative in your approach to our requests.’
Dave Lindner & Heather Johnstone, Vic Park Collective & Victoria Park Urban Tree Network