September 8, 2016
Architecture and design students from the University of Western Australia designed and then constructed on site in day, a series of installations help make some of the public areas of the Newcastle St housing complex more enjoyable to use.
Newcastle Street is a $16m inner city redevelopment project including 62 studios for single people and couples on low incomes. It includes eight commercial tenancies and a social enterprise café in a heritage listed part of the building.
Tenants were able to watch the construction take place, talk to the students about what they are doing, and even lend a hand.
Foundation Housing’s General Manager of Impact and Innovation Tom Tolchard said the students volunteered their time and the materials.
“Their projects included a sun shelter and even a science fiction cinema,” Tom said.
“Most projects are due to be dismantled after the event, but it has given us inspiration about how we make better use of the courtyard at Newcastle St in the future.
“Foundation Housing are always keen to encourage the next generation of designers to consider what makes great social housing and spaces. We are eager to support projects such as this one which contribute to a deeper understanding of how to bring about better social outcomes.
“And we are committed to partnering with tertiary institutions such as UWA to enable students to embark on projects in the community so that they will be able to incorporate these unique learning experiences into their overall studies.