Typological Anatomy of the New Suburban House

By Jessica Dixon.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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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

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.63-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.646MB).

Jessica Dixon

Graduate Architect / Sessional Staff Member, UTS, Architecture, Sydney-Based Architecture Office, Design, Architecture & Building Faculty, UTS, University of California, Sydney, Los Angeles, USA

I am a recent graduate of the Post Professional Masters Degree - Masters of Digital Architecture (Advanced Architecture) at UTS. I have taught as a tutor in the Architecture Faculty for 3 years, and more recently the Faculty of Design in the Photography and Situated Media Degree. Colleges within both these faculties have themselves studied at UCLA and taught at Carnegie Mellon. I work concurrently in a Sydney-based Architecture Office, Crone Partners. To date, my role has predominately been focused on urban projects, including a new Cultural City in Shanghai, China (I travelled to Shanghai to present this project to the Song Jiang Government) and more recently a Government precinct in Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea. The proposal for this conference is based on a keen interest in our urban and suburban environments. It also stems from research previously undertaken with Dan Graham and Atelier Bow Wow as part of a submmission for the Sydney Biennale in 2008.