The Architecture of Leftover Spaces – Elevating Urban Infrastructure

Ramin Jahromi
Cox Architecture, Sydney

With minimal availability of brownfield or greenfield sites in our increasingly dense capital cities - both in Australia and around the world - the contemporary practice of architecture relies on the creation of buildings and developments over legacy sites, which are often deeply constrained by infrastructure, whether it be transport, civil or services. Such sites are often considered less favorable, due to these inherent restrictions.

These constraints can be used as both a catalysts for community and as an opportunity for design and technical innovation for the architect and the associated multi-disciplinary team. Some would contend that these constraints have led to a creation of a new building typology – one that allows for the creation of a new and valuable ground plane, in what could be considered as an “architecture of leftover spaces.” This typology gives new life to underused pockets of our cities and have the potential to provide real civic value and regenerate seemingly compromised sites.

Spanning the 2017 CTBUH Conference urban centers, the presentation focused on 111 Eagle Street in Brisbane, the Chatswood Transport Interchange and the Hyatt Regency Development in Sydney, and Queens Place in Melbourne. Through these diverse projects emerges a picture of this exciting hybrid built solution, created from constraints.

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