Randwick City Council recently invited leading architects and urban designers from around the world to develop a vision for two of its town centres, Kensington and Kingsford. The K2K International Design Competition attracted 19 submissions and we are pleased to announce that ASPECT Studios were shortlisted, along with our design partners SJB, Terroir and SGS Economics. Located in Sydney’s east, Kensington and Kingsford are forecast to experience growth in housing and jobs and the construction of the light rail network, which is due to operate from 2019 along Anzac Parade, has also created a need for a development vision. Randwick City Council called for submissions to help shape the future planning of the two precincts and to revitalise the town centres with new streetscapes and a public realm that is inviting to residents, students, visitors and businesses. We were among four leading planning and architectural teams to be shortlisted. Our scheme proposed that K2K becomes an urban 'circuit breaker' - a series of new connections, links, hubs, improved streetscapes, new development typologies and precinct centres that work together at an urban scale to unlock the potential of the precinct and its contribution to an invigorated inner east. Our circuit breaker strategy had three key elements:
- Urban Lab, which acts as a testing ground for living architecture and Ecologically Sustainable Development projects feeding knowledge and research back to UNSW.
- Urban Structures, which comprises a livable, green retail street.
- New Ways of Living, which represents a prototype for new ways of sharing resources, public open space and sustainable living.