Sarah Rowley

Towards a New Social Interior

A new social interior is activated through design strategies prioritising community engagement and interaction. Public space represents an exemplary site for such social and cultural synergies, yet the presence of public space in the contemporary city is rapidly diminishing. Situated in Fitzroy’s Atherton Gardens housing estate, this project uses strategies of spatial appropriation to interrogate the threshold between public and private space. The design culminates in a community food centre which incorporates a kitchen, garden and facilities for food security and sustainability programs. Parallel to the establishment of this physical space, a new social framework between residents and the wider community will emerge.