Melinda Dodson Architects
Melinda Dodson Architects (MDa) is an emerging design and research practice of experienced architects and landscape architects undertaking award winning commercial, mixed use, residential and education projects. We focus on adaptive re use and sustainable urban renewal design strategies. Services include: – design, documentation and site attendance, – brief, master-planning and feasibility studies, – client advocacy and advisory services, – community and stakeholder consultation, – space utilisation studies, and – research and report writing. We believe passionately that sustainable urban design and architecture holds the key to solving many of the frustrations of our cities.
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Compass House, various locations
In Canberra, with larger houses, fewer household occupants, the challenges of housing affordability, an aging population; there is an opportunity to offer a range of housing alternatives to address a number of these challenges. The Compass House began its life in 2008 as a research paper developed over a number of conference presentations and articles, and has since been applied to precinct planning within the Molonglo Demonsration Precinct and as a retrofit of an existing urban site. It is an exploration of medium density mews, terrace and courtyard style housing offered as a viable and desirable alternate ‘family’ home, complete with private garden and adjacent community park. It’s assembly is derived from the building blocks of Japanese Wooden puzzles for children with various ‘assemblies’ generating various house forms. With car usage in Canberra remaining high, the neighbourhood is linked, but by compact shared streets which preserve valuable space for parks and green links.