Designing Better, Not Bigger

Dynamic Architecture through Scalable Modular Systems

Designing Better Not Bigger offers a design proposal in the form of pre-fabricated, scalable
modular housing as a response to the current housing affordability crisis.

The project looks to improve sustainability and affordability for first home buyers, affordable
housing clients and marginalised demographics, contributing towards establishing additional
pathways towards property ownership for low to middle income earners. It provides a dwelling
type that has the flexibility to change as the circumstances and expectations of the residents
evolve. Modular design, along with pre-fabrication, challenges current small and medium scale
residential design and construction practices and introduces a new way of thinking when it
comes to how we conceive our homes.

The project demonstrates a minimal possible site plan that can accommodate the proposed
scalable series and shows how this site plan can be integrated on a conceptual precinct based in
the future stages of the Ginninderry new estate development in Canberra.

The Alastair Swayn Foundation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians on the land of which we work, the Ngunnawal people of the ACT. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.

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