The Sydney Architecture Festival (September 29 – October 1) this year features Dr Kristien Ring, who will be giving this year’s Global Oration – “From profit-driven to people-led housing for Sydney”. The Festival also features an exhibition of Missing Middle Design Competition winners.

In her key note speech Dr Ring will share a citizen-led housing model that offers greater choice and lower costs – one that fosters cohesive neighbourhoods and enables adaptable, customised living solutions.

Dr Ring’s people-led housing idea is based on the idea of baugruppen – German for “building group” – that stands for a long tradition of self-initiated, community-oriented living and the shared responsibility of building.

GANSW is particularly interested in innovative delivery and management models, such as baugruppen, generally but specifically in NSW how this could underpin medium density housing and smaller scale apartment blocks in NSW.

We are keen to explore whether it has the potential to impact on affordability but whether development of this type can also improve the:

  • quality of design and construction
  • environmental performance
  • contribute to greater diversity of housing types; and
  • better social outcomes for both existing and new communities

You can register to attend the Global Oration and find out more about the Sydney Architecture Festival.

On the surface, these are practical solutions, where single-family homes are stacked and combined to optimise the use of an urban site. On closer inspection, it is clear that close collaboration between architects and clients has resulted in projects packed with special features and spaces that foster social interaction. Green, open and community spaces have proven vital parts of good neighbourhoods and are important here. Common spaces such as rooftop terraces, function rooms, playrooms, guest rooms, saunas, office space, terraces and even a teenager club. Every baugruppen project in Berlin has a shared garden, which is often also open to the public.

Dr Kristien Ring

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Dr Kristien Ring

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Sydney is booming as is a highly sought after place to work and live, which means we need more housing for its growing population.

But it's not just supply we need. A greater variety of housing options is required to cater for a diverse range of needs and lifestyles such as an ageing population and growing families.

To help us achieve this, the GA NSW called upon architects, building designers, architecture students and house builders to help shape the future of housing in NSW through the Missing Middle Design Competition.

A GANSW exhibition of the nine winning Missing Middle competition entries will be on display in Parramatta as part of the festival. The innovative designs include terraces, dual occupancies and manor houses. This will be the first time they have been publicly on display.

To find out more about the exhibition, go to the Sydney Architecture Festival website.

You can read more about the Missing Middle Competition here.