Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dwelling on a Macro scale

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Map of  my suburb
During my 'research' of the street that I stay on, I came across a plethora of interesting articles both from the local government and newspaper. What better way to discuss the difference between what makes a house and a home than to canvas the little quirks of my local suburb that I stay in my home.

Sure I could spend time talking about the difference between a house and a home on a micro scale but it seemed more interesting on a macro scale. After all isn't life about the big picture ?

So here goes. The City of Perth has a history of being the administrative and military hub during the Swan River Colony period because of its strategic location. Along the way, some of the streets gained notoriety.  In my opinion, it is these derelict spaces  that add colour to make a suburb more interesting even more so than history and culture. It adds an identity to a place and dictates the future building typology that use the area has. My apartment complex was the first medium density to be built on my street and soon after an assortment of apartments followed. The new apartments replaced 'iconic' homeless gathering spots and made the area more liveable by increasing the foot traffic along the street. Over the last two years, have seen people staying in the city mostly working professionals or university students attending the schools in neighbouring suburbs.

An example of a noteable street is Stirling street which runs through the City of Perth as well as Highgate. This street is infamous as a red light district and has been a disputed and debated topic for many living close to it. I've been living near this suburb for almost 4 years and I haven't particularly noticed their presence so it doesn't bother me. The one thing I have noticed is that in the City in particular the shopping areas are constantly evolving with  the demographic of its visitors during all times of the day. The cafe strips on Beaufort Street and Barrack street is continuously evolving with all the new redevelopments in the City. I can't wait to see how this city will evolve in the next 5 years.

I've grown to love this suburb and its quirks make it more interesting. What about you, why do you like the suburb you live in? Is there anything you would change about it ? I'd like to hear what you have to say below. And before I leave here is the list of the other talented bloggers

This post is part of the ArchiTalks series pioneered by Bob Borson of  Life of an Architect. This year, we are trying to do something different and instead of Bob suggesting the topics  this month we have  a topic suggested by Keith Palma who has recommended the theme of House or Home. I chose to talk about how the history of a place shapes its' identity and how this identity attracts groups of people to stay in a certain suburb.

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
The Designation between House and Home

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: House or Home?

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
House or Home? The Answer to Everything

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
our house is home

Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Emotional Marketing for Architects: House or Home?

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
House or Home? It's in the story.

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
House or Home? A Choice of Terms

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
house or home: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
House or Home -- Discover the Difference

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
"house" or "home"?

Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks #24 : House or Home

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
House or Home? - Depends

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
House or Home? Train for One, Design for Another

Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
A Rose by Any Other Name...

Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
House or Home

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Designing a House into a Home

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
6 Ways to Make your Architecture Studio feel like Home

Kyu Young Kim - J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Making a House a Home

Rusty Long - Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
House or Home

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
I don't design homes

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
House or Home: One's a Place, the Other a Feeling.

Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
Architalks - A House is not a home

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
#ArchiTalks #24 House or Home? #RefugeeCrisis @GrainneHassett mentioned

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