Deanne Mulligan, Our Home 2.0 [×]
A home contains and houses rich memories owned by the lives of its inhabitant’s past, present and future. A building and or interior is a vessel for these memories. Our Home 2.0 is a memory led investigative project into the social issues and impacts surrounding the redevelopments of public housing estates within the Melbourne precinct closely exploring the Bangs Street Estate’s past and future through design interventions that facilitate healthy social interactions between residents.
The Bangs Street Redevelopment within the PHPDP (Public Housing Precinct Development Plan) is one of four social housing estates within Prahran anticipating redevelopment. As the majority of public housing buildings within Victoria and nationwide originate from post-war modern architecture, the aging process of these structures are beginning to surface in the contemporary world resulting in the need for urgent and quite frequent repairs and restoration. The site is dilapidated and breaking down after the displacement of tenants in 2017. Presently, the site is activated through demolition processes to begin the PHPDP. Projecting forward into the future outcome of the site, the PHPDP will provide 175 new co-housing dwellings including some small retail and public spaces within and surrounding.
While co-housing can provide a solution to social housing, this project investigates specifically the sites foyer and how the space can program and facilitate healthy and social interactions amongst new tenants within the public and private context. An exploration into ideas of how memory of the previous sites architecture and tenant experience can be used as a design tool to better understand the human experience and inform the space providing a rich interactive and immersive environment while paying homage to the past site and residents.