|Value||Eligibility||Open date||Close date|
|$35,000 p.a. (for 3 years)||
||12 April 2021||25 April 2021|
How to apply
This scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance of $35,000 per annum for up to three years.
- have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled in a full-time PhD at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning
- be willing to conduct research on developing tools for co- and redesign that meets environmental, social and economic targets and be willing to proactively work as part of the research team
- hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or a master’s degree with a substantial research component in architecture, built environment or civil engineering.
This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research focused on the development of a Co-design Guide for Transforming Ageing Apartment Buildings.
The PhD will be embedded in the interdisciplinary research team and participate in the following research activities that are part of the research program: literature reviews, case studies, development of co-design processes and tools, surveys and testing regimes in practice, development of a co-design guide and other activities that might emerge during the research process. The thematic focus will be on a triple-bottom line approach that synthesizes environmental, social and economic aspects of adaptive redesign.
Apartment buildings have become the standard solution for urban living and have been rolled out en masse across Australian cities over the past 50 years. The majority of these buildings no longer meet current social, environmental and economic standards. They are wasteful of energy, fail to meet resident expectations, depreciate in value and are seen as modernist eyesores that frustrate the aspirations of neighbourhoods.
With 2.2 million people living in apartments in Australia, this scenario represents a significant problem for our cities and their residents. To date, the default answer to this issue has been demolition and new build. But research has shown that in many scenarios this is economically unfeasible because costs often outweigh benefits; environmentally unsustainable due to the embodied energy of new construction and demolition waste; and socially irresponsible because of displacement and disruption to resident communities.
Despite these deficiencies, many of these older buildings represent a substantial urban asset because they are structurally sound, in locations close to amenities and transport and with strong resident communities. Apartment redevelopments in Europe and North America have shown that transformative redesign of older buildings can do what demolish and new build cannot: it can create more, denser and better housing that achieves high environmental, and social impact at low cost (triple bottom line benefits).
The challenge is that the transforming existing buildings is much more complex than designing new ones: it requires multiple disciplines, involves complex ownership and user structures and works across multiple scales. What is needed is a new design appraoch that facilitates collaboration and co-design over top-down approaches.
This scholarship is funded by the University of Sydney as part of the ARC Linkage Project Co-Design Guide for Transforming Ageing Apartment Buildings (LP200100053).
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