The creative suburb is a provocation: a series of new building and urban designs available for innovators operating in new suburban greenfield situations in Queensland, Australia. The creative suburb drew on significant primary research with suburban home-based creative industries workers, vernacular architecture, and town planning in the Toowoomba region, and comprised construction of a new, progressive prototype ‘homeworkhouse’ in Clifton, Queensland.
The creative suburb included production of a book featuring building concept plans and urban designs for a creative suburb made up entirely of “homeworkhouses” especially designed for creative work, as well as a short video explaining the prototype building.
The creative suburb has a simple message: we should be providing for micro-small mixed-use and business everywhere.
“Flexibility is the new sustainability”
is the product of Malcolm’s Doctor of Creative Industries (Research) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (2016). The ‘thesis’ was a first for QUT: along with traditional approaches to research, it involved production of a book and a building prototype.