Monash Architects shortlisted in City of Sydney’s Alternative Housing Ideas Competition

26 June 2019

Image: L-R: ‘The Rightsize team’ consists of Dr Alysia Bennett, Dr Damian Madigan and Dr Dana Cuff. Image courtesy of the City of Sydney website.

A collaborative team of architects from Monash University and the University of South Australia has been shortlisted from over 230 entries in the City of Sydney’s Alternative Housing Ideas Competition for their proposal ‘The Rightsize Service’.

The Rightsize team consists of Monash University’s Dr Alysia Bennett, Architectural Researcher and Lecturer, Monash University Adjunct Professor of Architecture Practice, Dr Dana Cuff and, Dr Damian Madigan, Senior Lecturer Architecture at the University of South Australia.

The Rightsize Service takes inspiration from the 20th century Small Homes Services of Sydney and Melbourne as well as the Backyard Homes initiatives in California.

The service encourages homeowners to create multiple dwellings on their property. In exchange, they can access a unique financing scheme that would support the development. It also provides homeowners with design services via an architect or a proposed design guide.

“The design approach for the proposal is rightsizing through renovation,” Dr Alysia Bennett said.

Unlike downsizing, which often involves leaving the family home and suburb you love, a rightsized house is an appropriate scale and cost to suit the needs and circumstances of the household over time.

The entries shortlisted were chosen for their creative use of space, innovative financing arrangements and socially sustainable models submitted by architects, planners, researchers and property professionals.

The shortlisted entrants will receive $20,000 to further develop their concepts over the next five months.

View the proposal and read more about the team here.