Hi all! How is it going? Hope everyone is doing well despite the overall situation….For me it is just so refreshing to find great publications made by the public sector regarding Architecture. It gives me actually more space to breathe! In a time when new paradigms have emerged with more intensity, it is beautiful to see some of those awesome initiatives coming up!
The Sunshine Coast Council has just recently released such a great material which set design guidelines for new constructions in the locality. It is a nicely designed brochure which intends to inform not only construction industry professionals but also the community in general. It is so great to see this type of dialogue becoming more common, when society actually discuss about the quality of its buildings and, off course, gives its own inputs and ideas in order to reach a common ground, instead of only passively consuming whatever developers send through.
In summary, the main design principles for new constructions set by the Sunshine Coast Council are:
- Work with the local climate;
- Create Places that respect and incorporate landscape;
- Bring our cultures, arts and heritage to life;
- Capture and frame views and create vistas;
- Strengthen and extend a network of green corridors;
- Be inspired by the natural and built environment;
- Create shady streets that put people first;
- Create welcoming places that can be enjoyed by everyone;
- Design places to be resilient and ready for change;
- Create and add value.
These types of initiatives, such as the Sunshine Coast Council‘s are essential if we want to have a human built environment in more balance with nature. I worked in the public sector back in Brazil and even though sometimes we created very nice informative content it still doesn’t compare to the quality and purpose of this one. I was actually recently in one of my favorite beaches in Australia, which by the way is located in the Sunshine Coast area (Noosa Heads), and was commenting with a friend: “I really wish the big developments don’t reach this area. It is just stunning the way it is!”. Perhaps now, there is a way in which the new developments could coexist in a more balanced, sustainable and environmentally sensible way.
Last year I remember I’ve been to the Brisbane Open House, which unfortunately didn’t happen this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year, instead, I had the pleasure to watch the Sunshine Coast Open House, which was live streamed, and luckily I could see the projects published in the book as examples to be followed being commented on the event’s website. The live event is already gone, but you can still access the videos and interviews through the link, or directly on YouTube. Such great design lessons!
I invite everyone, not only Architects, or aspiring architects, to have a look at this material and see what you think about what is being proposed. And also think how the quality of our urban and architectural spaces could be immensely enhanced, affecting not only the natural environment but also our own human mental health. Have a look at the wonderful existing designs taken as examples and tell me if you don’t already feel like living there just by watching it. ♥