What If?

The street was the only boundary?

Melbourne has proven incapable of planning at the scale of the urban block due to the divergent expectations of individual land owners operating only in their own interests. Neither protagonist nor planning are able to direct collective outcomes. The effect of this combative model, of each development within a block jostling and competing with one another has been poor precinct design outcomes.

What if the boundaries that separate the individual allotments that form a city block are erased?

Collective ownership of the block can enable shared infrastructure including precinct based power, waste and parking that will liberate the ground plane from place for services to a place for occupation. Fine grain buildings and heritage sites can be retained, realising their as-of-right development value through swapping of air rights within the block. Otherwise separate openspace contributions can be pooled, allowing for a scale, generosity and common ground.


Crossley Street, Melbourne
37°48'42.7"S 144°58'16.8"E