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Master of Architecture students win NAHC integrated housing competition

By Dijana Alić, Program Coordinator, Architectural Studies.
Senyu Yang and Yirong Li win first and second prize respectively in the Ivanhoe 2.0: National Affordable Housing Consortium (NAHC) Student Design Competition.
Above: From left, Professor Bruce Judd (UNSW), Kate Rintoul (UNSW Architecture), second prize winner, Yirong Li, Professor George Earl, Chair of NAHC, Dr. Dijana Alic (UNSW Architecture) and Dr. Maryam Gusheh, Program Director of UNSW Architecture.
This NAHC competition was one of four design studio options on offer in the architecture design studio electives in Session 2, 2016 with Dr. Dijana Alić as course convener with Ted Quinton and Kate Rintoul as studio instructors. 
Thirty Master of Architecture students participated in the studio and four were selected to represent the university in the competition: Hayden Co’Burn, Senyu Yang, Yirong Li and Tao Xue. 
The competition focused on the redevelopment of Ivanhoe, a NSW Land and Housing Co-orporation (LAHC) site at Macquarie Park in Sydney’s inner north-west. The NSW government plans to transform the 8.2-hectare site into an integrated neighborhood of more than 2,500 social, affordable and private housing dwellings. 
The competition studio placed a significant demand on all the students, challenging them to draw together expertise across several technical areas, as well as developing their understanding of social impact and place making at a precinct scale.
There is a risk that rapid production of medium and high density housing in high growth areas may result in poor product that simply seeks to fill quotas, rather than pursuing models for housing that are high quality, innovative and sustainable. This challenge is made more complex by the imperative for sensitive and practical integration of social housing and private housing developments. 
Public-Private partnerships will deliver an unprecedented amount of social, affordable and private housing into the NSW market over the next 10 years. This positions social housing providers like LAHC as major contributors to the built environment. The responsibilities and opportunities associated with this position are significant and far-reaching. 
The NAHC is invested in these issues and sponsored a Student Design Competition to interrogate them using the Ivanhoe site and proposed development brief. 
The competition was organised by the NSW Office of the Government Architect and judging of the shortlisted student designs took place at UNSW on 6 December 2016.
First and second prizes were won by UNSW March students: Senyu Yang and Yirong Li respectively. 
First prize
Senyu Yang – UNSW Built Environment
Jury comments
  • The jury were impressed with the thoroughness and simplicity of the master plan
  • Addresses the complexity of the commercial issues and proposed site density
  • Appears to have been a strong iterative process between the master-plan and detail design to resolve design issues
Above: First prize winner, Senyu Yang, receives his certificate from Dr. Dijana Alic.
Clcik on the below image to view Senyu Yang's Ivanhoe project.
Second Prize
Yirong Li – UNSW Built Environment
Jury comments
  • Large park / open space along the creek is commended
  • Streets create a network of public space across the site
  • Attempt to create a fine grain network with good cross site is commendable
Above: Second prize winner, Yirong Li, receives her award from the NAHC's Chair, Professor George Earl.
Jury members 
  • George Earl, Board member and Chair, NAHC
  • Barbara Schaffer, Principal Landscape Architect, Government Architect NSW
  • Hannah Tribe, Principal, Tribe Studio, Architects
  • Alison Burton, Principal Planner, LAHC
  • Olivia Hyde, Director of Design Excellence, Government Architect NSW (Chair)

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