Harris Kwong Supervisor: Simon Drysdale
The OV (Ordered Variety) is a social housing project situated in Ascot Social Housing Estate. OV was an estate planning set of principles, established by the Housing Commission of Victoria, with inter- war flats designed by architect Best Overend. Over the 17.2 Hectares of the estate, five acres of green space was dedicated to be developed for sports and recreational purposes which never went forward. The consequence was a master plan with a series of unused paddocks, and the site therefore became an agrarian master plan, without the cultivation. The consequence of this consequence ultimately had vast green spaces that were not used, resulting in drug and criminal activity within the estate. Can these green pockets be in filled to inject social intervention and community bonding programs to purge neighbourhood negativity? The OV looks at implementing existing estate planning principles of the ordered variety to produce a community bonding outcome as an alternative to the current State Governmentâ€™s proposal to erode the existing urban cultural interface in favour of new.