The Fremantle Network (TFN ) DOING HOUSING DIFFERENTLY
February 11, 2016 4 Comments
There is a lot of interest in Fremantle in alternative, affordable and sustainable models of housing, so this month TFN bring you a double whammy on DOING HOUSING DIFFERENTLY
5.30pm – 7pm Tuesday 23 February. Upstairs at the National Hotel
Geoffrey London is a is Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia, the former Victorian and Western Australian Government Architect, and a member of Fremantle’s Design Advisory Committee.
His current research is on how a form of cooperative housing development based on Germany’s “Baugruppen” can be implemented here. Baugruppen, or “building groups”, are formed by people assisted to come together to finance, design, construct and purchase the buildings they will live in. They become the developers of their own medium density housing. The advantages over traditional development are many. Beside the obvious and significant cost savings, units can be designed around individual owner needs. Common spaces and common goals means there’s also an instant community formation.
Shani Graham and her partner Tim are the masterminds behind the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, regular Living Smart presenters and build community wherever they go. Their newest venture “Ecoburbia” is a housing cooperative, community garden and alternative urban infill development.
Ecoburbia produces its own food and power, retains or reuses most of its water and is home to 12 chickens, 6 adults, 2 goats, 2 cars and too many bikes to count. Find out about how they went about retrofitting their suburban Beaconsfield home into an eco-village and community hub.
Thanks to the National Hotel for providing our venue.
Come early as Happy Hour is on till 6pm.