Inspired by this book by David Sim of Gehl architects, I find there is much missing from the development rules that currently exist here in Sidney.
In this book, he describes that in Germany, “Baugruppen”- Builders groups- exist. So my idea is to permit property owners of adjacent properties to form a society and, once formed, to be able to build differently than regular property owners.
This book describes the building of low – max 3-4 story- courtyard structures that are built using layers of different uses, with the courtyards being used for everything from very private areas to semi-public areas.
As our town grapples with a housing crisis and aims to lower emissions from transportation as well as from buildings, different types of architecture will be required to achieve these goals. I think the ideas in this volume are both attractive as well as pragmatic and could be applied using many of the tools that already exist in our regulatory tool boxes.