The Rightsize Service shortlisted in City of Sydney's Alternative Housing Ideas competition

The City of Sydney has announced the seven entries shortlisted for the Alternative Ideas Housing Competition. The competition invited conceptual proposals to tackle issues of housing affordability through embracing alternative design, delivery, construction and finance approaches.

The Rightsize Service was the title of the proposal submitted by Dr Alysia Bennett, Monash University, Dr Dana Cuff, UCLA cityLAB, and Dr Damian Madigan, School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA.

Taking inspiration from Melbourne and Sydney's 20th century Small Homes Services, the idea proposes a unique financing scheme that would enable homeowners to create multiple dwellings on their properties. The Rightsize Service is intended to "address the increasing problem of substandard housing development through DIY development ... part design-led approach, part finance and management model, home-owners are motivated to create new dwellings within existing houses."

Dr Alysia Bennett is a lecturer at Monash University, former architectural researcher in the Tasmanian Government’s Office of the State Architect and is affiliated with Cumulus Studio.

Dr Damian Madigan is a senior lecturer at the University of South Australia, registered architect and member of the South Australian State Government’s Design Review Panel.

Dr Dana Cuff is a professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California Los Angeles, adjunct professor at Monash University and founder of UCLA cityLAB. 

Each shortlisted entry will receive $20,000 in funding to develop their concepts, culminating in an exhibition for public consultation in November 2019.

View the full proposal here.