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Northbourne Avenue design competition

By johnboy - 30 May 2011 26

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Minister for Housing Joy Burch has kicked off a design competition to revamp the slums that greet new arrivals to Canberra down Northbourne Avenue.

Ms Burch said the competition would seek an architectural firm to redesign the public housing, which was built in 1958 as government housing to accommodate the influx of public servants. The completed redevelopment would include a mixture of public housing, affordable housing and housing for the Civic workforce.

“The Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct in Braddon and Turner is a gateway to the capital and this competition gives us the opportunity to ensure the buildings reflect this significant status,” Ms Burch said.

“Entrants in the competition will be asked to work within parameters that will yield about 1000 properties in total for the precinct, more than triple the current number of units of 245, by utilising the existing height restrictions.”

They’re planning to announce the winners in October this year.

[Image: The height limits for the architecture competition, with the buildings directly facing Northbourne Ave at 8 storeys, which is the existing height limit.]

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Northbourne Avenue design competition
Watson 10:48 am 31 May 11

ScienceRules said :

My dear Watson, perhaps that’s because you’ve never met any of the creatures…

Dear ScienceRules, there’s no need to patronise me. And I even KNOW some of them! Yes, I am a good little middle class public servant paying my own rent and I do not run away screaming when I meet govvie tenants out of fear they will stab me with a syringe or throw one of their scum kids at me.

ScienceRules 8:39 am 31 May 11

My dear Watson, perhaps that’s because you’ve never met any of the creatures…

Watson 7:38 am 31 May 11

Am I the only one who finds this “public housing tenant hate” quite unnerving?

m_ratt 5:07 pm 30 May 11

I would have hoped that ‘about 1000 properties’ would be roughly/more than quadruple the existing 245.

Will this be one-for-one public housing replacement, with the new units diluting the existing population, or will the area become more of a ghetto?

Ate 4:44 pm 30 May 11

Gungahlin can look forward to the Northbourne residents being relocated to brand new units in Crace, Franklin, Forde and Bonner while this reno takes place. Massey needed to be replaced after all.

LeatherJen 4:23 pm 30 May 11

ScienceRules said :

Well, Owen Flats would sure benefit from a good coat of fire. Particularly if we board up the bacteria that live there already while the “cleansing” is under way.

Chop71 said :

I bet they are stoked

Pun intended…?

creative_canberran 4:03 pm 30 May 11

Given what the government did to the convention centre, I fear those colours in the picture may not just be indicative.

Chop71 2:46 pm 30 May 11

….. and nice new govie housing for all the residents. I bet they are stoked

ScienceRules 2:40 pm 30 May 11

Well, Owen Flats would sure benefit from a good coat of fire. Particularly if we board up the bacteria that live there already while the “cleansing” is under way.

I wonder if the new development will have reserved spots for the “less fortunate” in the community that make the current settlement such an anthropological treasure trove.

The Frots 1:22 pm 30 May 11

TVStar said :

Already working on my design.

Key elements:
1. Post Brutalist facade.
2. Communal areas designed to amplify the domestic violence noise.
3. Lighting to be adequate, however, particularly unreliable; so as to provide significant dark corners and shadows in which to loiter.
4. Public phone boxes to include numerous covert drug hiding opportunities.
5. Kitchens and wet areas ‘meth kitchen’ ready.
6. A solar panel.

Wrong, wrong wrong…………………………………………….I am totally against the solar panel!

TVStar 12:57 pm 30 May 11

Already working on my design.

Key elements:
1. Post Brutalist facade.
2. Communal areas designed to amplify the domestic violence noise.
3. Lighting to be adequate, however, particularly unreliable; so as to provide significant dark corners and shadows in which to loiter.
4. Public phone boxes to include numerous covert drug hiding opportunities.
5. Kitchens and wet areas ‘meth kitchen’ ready.
6. A solar panel.

what_the 12:47 pm 30 May 11

I was just commenting yesterday upon returning from Sydney how crappy the entrance to Canberra is! You’re suddenly just jammed onto northbourne after hitting a roundabout (that’s a real canberra greeting) and the only indication is the ACT border sign which was probably made about 50 years ago!

Ha, and +2

Jivrashia 12:43 pm 30 May 11

Why do I get the feeling that the winner will be a developer with a deep pocket?
The only saving grace is that the building won’t last 25 years with the current (sub)standard of building construction.

The Frots 12:16 pm 30 May 11

Keijidosha said :

This project should start with a bulldozer, not a competition.

+1 – Absolutely!

Keijidosha 12:07 pm 30 May 11

This project should start with a bulldozer, not a competition.

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