Typological Anatomy of the New Suburban House is research which explores, document’s and analyses Australian suburban housing typologies. Current architectural discourse that engages with our suburbs is limited and infected with subjective socio-political biases, and whilst the majority of Australian’s live in suburbs, there is little critical engagement with the types of houses we live in. A suburban belt stretching from Sydney’s South to its North is the zone where this analysis is undertaken. Due to its density, heritage, political and demographic variation, this suburban belt provides a unique collection of wonderfully varied architecture. This survey of suburban housing types ‘unpacks’ the homes we live in an attempt to understand them better. This ‘unpacking’ of the house takes the form of a taxonomy which includes a variety of categories such as threshold, neighbours, plot size and location, number of stories, front porch, ornament, scale, garden, materiality, component arrangement, etc. It is through this analysis of variation that subtleties become revealed, providing us with a new reading, a new understanding and a new perspective on the Suburban Homes that once seemed so familiar.
|Keywords:||Sydney, Housing Typology, Anatomy, Suburbia, Componentry, Architecture as Type|
Graduate Architect / Sessional Staff Member, UTS, Architecture, Sydney-Based Architecture Office, Design, Architecture & Building Faculty, UTS, University of California, Sydney, Los Angeles, USA