Woolworths Proposal & Residents Proposed Alternative.
images of the RAID 3051 alternative proposal for the Canning Street development site. This is not meant to be specific architectural design (that would take a lot more time and effort than we have) but it is a suggestion about the scale of development that is appropriate for a site like this. I have also sent these to Chris Hingston at the Melbourne Times, and would be happy for you to include some of these in any future articles.
Reducing the overall scale, particularly the number of apartments, reduces the overall impact on infrastructure, car parking , traffic, social infrastructure (schools, child care, aged care etc etc). It also reduces Woolies capital outlay and the need for a big return. Even with the rather radical redcutions indicated it is still a big development, which jsut goes to show how much overkill the current proposal is!
The model we suggest is best for inner urban infill development such as this is the European / Berlin style 4 or 5 storey walk up with central courtyards,with retail to the ground level street interface, rather than the Gold Coast / Docklands model of towers and podiums which cram as much as possible onto a given site to the detriment of the neighbourhood as a whole. The shortcomings of the Gold Coast / Docklands approach are evident and not in anyone’s best interest. A more restrained, less greedy approach that does not seek to squeeze the last dollar from any gvien development works in everyone’s favour in the longer term.