Health vs High Density

Bachelor of Architectural Design
Semester 2, 2020

Studio leader(s)

  • Andrew Curnow
  • Sarah Lewandowski

Health vs. High density: can we have both?

The densification of our city is inevitable, but what does this mean for the health of our future generations? The correlation between health and human environments has been long established. The world health organisation’s health and housing guidelines recognise that “improved housing conditions can save lives, prevent disease, increase quality of life, reduce poverty, and help mitigate climate change”.  Recent global movements such as the well building institute and the living building challenge are focused on enhancing the health and well-being of a building’s occupants as well as the sustainability of the built form they inhabit.

This design studio will seek to explore new typologies, methodologies and approaches for the design of a high density mixed-use outcome that sustainably supports the health and wellbeing of our communities whilst seamlessly integrating into the changing urban fabric of our city.

This studio will be taught as a collaboration between international award-winning firms and leaders in their respective fields, Silver Thomas Hanley (STH) for healthcare design and Carr Design Group for residential design, and will provide students with real-world experiences and input from other various practice professionals.


A series of fragmented, small scale design studies will inherently encourage students to explore and test the generators for their design ideas through initial research and introspective reflection (observation) and then diagramming & iteration (proposition).

Students will actively engage in the current discourse around density, sustainability, apartment living and the meaning of community and explore the evolution of mixed use typologies In a future Melbourne. Each proposal will project a vision of future developments that are resilient to a range of external factors and address their Inhabitants and context.