The Melbourne Section
Investigating future scenarios for a sustainable growth across Melbourne.
“Cities should be understood as interdependent urban systems, relying on complex resource networks. New urban models and typologies that demonstrate an integrated position in both urbanism and architecture will produce successful urban ecologies.” – Maud Cassaignau & Markus Jung
A year-long examination of Melbourne’s urban conditions exposed opportunities and provoked future scenarios for sustainable densification on a number of scales. Aiming to address the impacts and effects of population growth, changing identity, economical interdependency and climate change, The Melbourne Section challenges planimetric thinking through a sectional investigation, acting as a catalyst for urban transformation. It emphasises the importance of urban analyses as a means of discovery.
Enticed by Melbourne’s enormous urban boundary and contrastingly small number of inhabitants, the team analysed the eastern band as a series of smaller components, each revealing complexities and unique aspects of culture, economy, infrastructure, resources, education and history. The revelation of these existing qualities, strengths and potentials, acted as the catalyst for the design process, while offering cues for a holistic approach. Rigorous on-site mapping, first person inquisition, historical investigation and demographic analysis instigated notions of mixed-use employment, housing and education through innovative and resource-conscious densification.
Ass.Prof Milica Topalovic + Martin Knüsel,
Future Cities Labratory, Singapore ETH Centre (SEC)
MADA Architecture students
Semester 1 2013 - research students
Ashini de Alwis
Edward De Fegely
Semester 2 2013 - design students
Ashini De Alwis
Anne- Lise Ip Sian Thoo
Contributors Research Semester
MAS Monash Architecture Studio