Architecture - Masters
Stage 1 building of the Intergenerational Learning and Living Campus in Sandgate Bayside will establish the Warrah Parkway (landscape and culture rail), comprising of shared uses and co-learning spaces. It will house the library as the primary shared facility, adjacent to other civic uses, senior living to the west and secondary school to the south.
The master plan and architectural proposal illustrated a vision for the whole site to initially cater for 648 secondary students and 75 seniors living on site. It also considers associated projects outside of the intergenerational living and learning campus, which included other facilities to support the selected service providers and community activities to ensure that healthy living and learning revolves around connection and integration with community and its place.
The project addresses one of the greatest challenges for the future, particularly in Australian society, around the separation of generations and therefore diminishing relationship between different generations, impacting upon quality of life, health and a sense of inclusion.
Persisting trends and culture around aged care and retirement undervalue the important role and contribution of seniors to our communities. On the other hand, traditional institutional learning environments, including secondary schooling, can do more to expose youths to diversity and interaction with different generations – to break away from traditional age-group batching and embrace new learning pedagogies.
The role of service providers/ community partnerships can play a key role in supporting healthy intergenerational environments. This includes providing infrastructure for social enterprise, exchange of knowledge and experience, and flexibility of uses and operational services.
The project focuses on these particular issues and opportunities, manifested through a master plan that functions as a framework for the intergenerational campus through an articulated program and design of the site. A selected building in the master plan is further developed that explores this through an architectural proposition.
The master plan and architectural proposal is informed by three key design drivers, which will be further explored and develop in the final master plan and the architectural proposition for the project.
1. BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES – URBAN CONTEXTUAL DRIVERS
2. BREAKING THE POWER IMBALANCE – PROGRAM DRIVERS
3. ELEVATED & CONNECTED TO NATURE – PLACE AND FORM DRIVERS
Graduate of Bachelor of Design (Architectural Studies) and Masters of Design (Urban Design), Caryl is passionate about championing architecture developments that have positive impacts to the immediate and wider urban context and the making of ‘place’ in our cities.