Finn Forsyth

The growing population of metropolitan Melbourne calls for new solutions to combat housing shortages and affordability. Current models involve the development of low density suburbs sprawling into the outer fringe. While these housing estates offer affordability, they also exacerbate economic and health divides. Stigma around small houses and alternative modes of living combined with an idealisation of the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom model has led to inefficient and underutilised spaces. The Inherent waste within this system places unnecessary pressure on infrastructure and the natural environment.

Nightingale Greater than One is a proposal that strategically redistributes population across Melbourne’s typically low density middle ring suburbs. Combining lower footprint living with greater communal amenity in a build to rent model, Greater than One aims to help mitigate the health and wealth inequalities caused by current housing models and prevent further encroachment into the natural environment.