In August 2015, as part of a conversation about the suburb, Christopher Kelly presented Architecture Workshop’s housing designs for volume house builder Universal. The presentation was part of the Housing Futures Conference in Sydney, and a key step towards revitalising suburbia. With our quarter acre section heritage, NZ (and Australia) are starting from a low base to build decent density into our cities!
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Initially told by local property agents that smaller buildings with bigger backyards and more flexible internal planning would never sell, Kelly found that, in fact, a diversity of housing options was key. Opportunities for co-housing and downsizing sparked public interest and set a precedent for challenging the rhetoric set by estate agents.