Canadian Center of Architecture — Charrette 2019 Second Place Project
In collaboration with Michael Uttley
Suburbs are where we live - two of every three Canadians call the suburbs home. But does this model of living always reflect the values of the diverse communities inhabiting the space? Suburban Inversion seeks to address the confinement and social isolation generated by these ubiquitous built environments. Through incremental removal of barriers and sharing of existing amenities, the relationship between the home and public realm would be inverted, redefining perceptions of the “front yard”. A continuous outdoor living room would emerge, linking neighbours and providing a place for meaningful interaction and growth. The serendipitous encounters that strengthen bonds would flourish in a space created and owned by the community.