WGV takes out Australian Award for Urban Design
October 15, 2016 4 Comments
Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts – Small Scale
White Gum Valley aims to realise a diverse, highly sustainable infill development that reflects and enhances its suburban surrounds. The highly collaborative process embraced multiple entities and disciplines and has initiated a new nationally significant model for higher density infill development. The project incorporates and celebrates sustainability across ten ‘one planet living’ principles, and ties this to the creation of a thriving, resilient and diverse community. WGV at White Gum Valley is a project of genuine innovation and leadership.
About the entry:
As an “Innovation through Demonstration” project, WGV demonstrates the economic and social benefits of sustainable development and creates a blueprint for the planning and development of small infill sites within an established suburb. The success of WGV is testament to the collaborative and forward-thinking approach of its multi-disciplinary design team.
In 2008, a two-hectare site approximately three kilometres from the centre of Fremantle became available to be developed into housing. Landcorp identified the unique qualities of the location and the opportunity for an innovative approach to urban and built form.
The project has ambitiously applied a multi-faceted approach to sustainability, with affordable housing typologies and various environmental initiatives woven into the design. A relationship was entered into with Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy (CUSP) that has seen the entire development set up as a ‘living laboratory’ to monitor energy use, resident behaviour, take up of energy initiatives and the implementation of the Design Guidelines.
Location: Perth, WA