CODA were one of four finalists in the prestigious K2K International Urban Design Competition, which sought to imagine a new vision for the town centres of Kingsford and Kensington in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Leading a competition team comprising of Realm Studios, Ian MacRae, Craig Burton and GTA, we devised a proposal that wove the rich story of Kensington and Kingsford together with blueprint for a resilient future.
Our response was structured around seven key ideas:
- A celebration of the history, context and character of place
- A 10-fold increase in cyclists, making the K2K the safest and easiest to navigate corridor in Sydney by bike
- Active, high quality public spaces, such as Anzac Parade, each reflecting community aspirations, including the removal of two lanes of traffic in Kensington along Anzac Parade.
- An ecologically sound environment for the local community – more open to biodiversity, less anthropocentric
- A mix of uses and activities to energise the local economy and provide a range of accommodation choices
- Adaptable, flexible mix of public and private spaces to unleash spare capacity
- A rich set of interconnections laden with visual variety, ‘accidents’ in the street pattern and diverse building types that respond to the pace of walkers, cyclists and commuters.
During the competition phase, our team ran two intensive on site design workshops at an abandoned Chinese restaurant in Kingsford, codename: Lucky Wong’s.
We commend the Randwick City Council for using the competition as a vehicle to place conversations about design at the forefront of the revitalisation process.