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World-first building in Melbourne to provide home for young people sleeping rough for as long as they need

It’s not the first time a “world-first” building is being claimed by Melbourne.

But when it opens in April, Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Services in King Street will take the descriptor – and for good reason.  Near the corner of Flinders Lane, it will be a place where young people living on the streets, or at risk of homelessness, can find a home and get the support services they need 24 hours a day. A world-first, according to those in the youth services field.

Melbourne City Mission homelessness and justice general manager Wayne Merritt said there was an urgent need for a building offering accommodation and health, legal and drug and alcohol services for young people aged 16 to 25 in the city.

Between 30 and 60 young people seek crisis accommodation from Frontyard Youth Services each day. 

“I think, over the past six years, there’s been a noticeable increase in young people sleeping rough in the city,” Mr Merritt told Domain. “[And] we know when young people come to our services, we’ve only got one chance to help them, otherwise they’re gone.”

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The refurbished Frontyard Youth Services building in King Street. Photo: Supplied

Frontyard’s redeveloped building is four storeys, with the top two floors providing 18 rooms for accommodation. It also features kitchens for young people to cook a meal, sensory rooms for quiet contemplation and offices and consulting rooms for health, mental health and legal services.

The building is not only a first for youth services, it is also a first of sorts for world-renowned Melbourne-based architects Fender Katsalidis and builders Built.

For both, it’s their first significant pro bono job in Melbourne. They teamed with the Property Industry Foundation to help deliver $8 million worth of refurbishment works, funded in part by the state government with other philanthropic donations.

Built project manager Luke Rankin said the build was challenging and inspiring for the company, which has previously undertaken other, much smaller, pro bono projects.

He said about 90 per cent of the internal building changed, meaning lots of work for the team involved.

“We’ll probably be lacking a bit of sleep by the time it opens,” Mr Rankin said.

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The refurbished Frontyard Youth Services building in King Street. Photo: Supplied

Fender Katsalidis Associate director Jessica Lee and director David Sutherland said the design was undertaken with Melbourne City Mission to make the building somewhere young people would feel welcome and calm.

“We wanted to create a sense of comfort from the time of arrival [at the building] because it’s a very stressful time,” Ms Lee said.

Mr Sutherland said the initial brief was to add two floors to the existing building for accommodation. When it became clear that would not be approved under planning regulations, the decision was made to gut the building and design it.

Mr Merritt says the entrance features soft furnishings, lots of plants, natural light and wooden finishes – all which create a calm, open and warm feeling for young people suffering from heightened trauma and anxiety about entering.

“There are lots of lines of sight, so there are no surprises – they know what they’re stepping into,” he said.

The crisis accommodation has also been specially designed and will allow young people to stay as long as they need.

Mr Merritt said he is already expecting the 18 beds to be full when the building officially opens and hopes that the extra rooms can help Frontyard in their mission to reduce the number of young people who end up in a cycle of adult homelessness.

“It’s so exciting, it’s a really big project and is going to allow us to show the sector, Australia and the world what can be done,” Mr Merritt said.

This article was first published in www.domain.com.au by MELISSA HEAGNEY. Here is the link to the original article: https://www.domain.com.au/news/world-first-building-to-offer-home-to-young-people-sleeping-rough-808313/

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Futurist Steve Sammartino explains why we’ll soon be talking to walls and printing houses

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IMAGINE printing a 3D house that can put an at-risk family in emergency accommodation in as little as 24 hours for just $4000.

It’s not science-fiction.

Australian futurist Steve Sammartino, who is speaking at the upcoming REIQ Summit, is currently designing his own 3D printed smart house in Melbourne, and will talk about how he will integrate the latest technology in to the build.

He said the design could help across Australia’s natural disaster zones as well as assisting with affordability issues.

“With housing, you can set up a house really quickly, and not even for disaster zones, but even areas where they’re living in substandard housing, it will make things affordable,” he said.

It is a technology already being explored in other parts of the world.

An American manufacturer is working with the not-for-profit company, New Story, to set up 3D printed houses in developing countries as part of a humanitarian drive.

The 3D printed house Texan company New Story has designed for use in developing countries. Picture: supplied.

While in The Netherlands, a 3D printed housing community will go on the market this year in a partnership between Dutch developers and a local university.

A workers in The Netherlands supervising the 3D printing of concrete walls as part of the Project Milestone 3D community.

Mr Sammartino said technology had changed the way we work and live.

“But houses haven’t changed much and houses are the number one indicator of where we are in life,” he said.

“Two hundred thousand years ago we lived in caves, then stone houses, now those stone houses haven’t changed that much but the technology inside them reflects how life is going.”

Queensland University of Technology 3D printing expert Melissa Johnston said the 3D printing technology was being used across health, construction, IT, and the arts, and the popularity of desktop 3D printers was helping consumers embrace the new technology.

“I really do expect to see 3D houses in my lifetime, the technology is advancing so quickly now,” she said.

Regardless of what house you live in, Mr Sammartino said it was time to renovate.

“And that’s not putting plaster in places, I mean renovate so it matches the technology that’s all around us,” he said.

He said housing had gone through the industrial age, where energy and artificial power was placed inside a house, and the next phase was for intelligence to be put inside houses.

“Our houses will be commanded in the same way we interact with humans, commanded by voice and movement and body language and gesturing and thinking,” he said.

“We have power in the walls, and now we will have intelligence.

“It’s not even that expensive, we could automate a house to never have to put on a light switch again, to have it heat and cool itself based on sensing the outside environment, to only do the washing at a time when the electricity’s cheap.”

Mr Sammartino is calling on government and industry groups to develop a basic standard for smart housing to encourage competition, and address consumer concerns over security and privacy.

“We have a standard for wiring, plugs, plumbing; industry needs to come together to develop a basic standard that can be used in all houses, so instead of having Google or Amazon dominate, you can plug in different suppliers.

“I think it’s the job of industry and government to regulate around this so it becomes a competitive marketplace.”

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland Summit will be held from March 14 to 15 at the Royal International Convention Centre at Bowen Hills.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the conference was the most forward-thinking one so far.

“The next generation of property consumer, whether that’s owner occupier or investor, will have different values to the generations that have gone before,” she said.

“They will have different expectations and demand different results.”

This article was first published in www.realestate.com.au. Here’s th elink to the original article: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/futurist-steve-sammartino-explains-why-well-soon-be-talking-to-walls-and-printing-houses/

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What the median house price in each of Australia’s capital cities gets you around the world

Ever dreamed of throwing it all in permanently and chasing your holiday dreams?

It’s tempting, especially with the next long weekend more than a month and a half away! But what could you get for your money?

We’ve taken a look at what the median house price from the December quarter in each Australian capital buys and what you could get in cities around the world.

The prices used here are worked out using the exchange rates on March 11 and, for simplicity, the euro was used in some cities where it isn’t the local currency.

Melbourne – London
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The one-bedroom flat for sale Atherton Street, Battersea. Photo: Douglas & Gordon, Battersea Park

Melbourne’s median of $833,000 doesn’t get you much when converted to British pounds, about £451,000. Similarly, you get much less house for your GBP.

In Battersea, six kilometres from the centre of London, a single bed flat costs £450,000, which is just under budget. And it’s not a huge one bedroom flat – just 47 square metres of floor space, with the kitchen on a mezzanine level. The bathroom also appears to be very narrow.

In Melbourne, the median can get you a two-bedroom townhouse in Moonee Ponds which is about the same distance from the CBD.

Sydney – Tokyo
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A small house in Shibuya, Japan. Photo: realestate.co.jp

The median in Sydney is out of range for most buyers in Australia, but if you take the figure of $1.062 million to Tokyo, you can get a fairly good deal.

That many Australian dollars makes 83 million yen, and that can get you a 75-square-metre block with a three-storey, four-bedroom townhouse on it. It’s almost brand new too, built in 2018.

In Australia’s busiest city that will get you a two-bedroom terrace house a similar distance from the city centre. If you’re lucky.

Brisbane – Prague
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A four-bedroom house in Prague. Photo: ee24

The median house in Brisbane is $566,000 for the December quarter last year. Converting that to euros gives us 354,000 to play with in Prague.

In the Czech Republic’s capital, that figure can get a four-bedroom detached house in the suburbs, which is similar to what it would get you in Brisbane.

The block for sale in Czechia is 564 square metres, which is considered fairly standard in Brisbane.

Canberra – Washington DC
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945 T St NW # 2, Washington, DC. Photo: Fairfax Realty Premier

Canberra’s median of $739,000 translates to about $US520,000. Taking that budget to the US counterpart of our very own capital territory, buyers would be able to pick up a one-bedroom townhouse near Capitol Hill.

The pictured home was built more than 100 years ago.

Perth – Istanbul
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A villa in Istanbul on 350 square metres of land. Photo: ee24

Perth’s median has finally arrested, for now, at $546,000. That’s 342,000 euros, and if we stretch the budget and head to Istanbul, in Turkey, that can buy a seven-bedroom villa, spread over four levels.

The listing boasts that the home is a “HOUSE IN WHICH YOU WILL BE RESPECT !!![sic]”, with a “fenced territory” of 350 square metres.

Adelaide – Auckland
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227 Church Street Onehunga, Auckland City. Photo: Ray White

Over in New Zealand, the exchange rate is a bit kinder, resulting in a budget of $567,000 from Adelaide’s median house price of $537,000.

That sum won’t get you much – possibly a single-bedroom unit in Auckland central, but you might be able to snag a freehold home out on the outskirts.

For example, the “Perch on Church” is a two-bedroom, dated weatherboard home about 12 kilometres from the city centre.

Hobart – Jakarta
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A five-bedroom home in Jakarta.

Turning Australian dollars into Indonesian rupiah is much more enjoyable than pounds, USD or euros. Australia’s lowest median, Hobart’s, shoots from a measly $480,000 to 4.8 billion rupiah.

And that’s nothing to be sneezed at in Jakarta, that sort of cash can land a buyer a five-bedroom compound on the eastern edge of the city.

This article was first published in www.domain.com.au. Here’s the link to the original article: https://www.domain.com.au/news/what-the-median-house-price-in-each-of-the-capital-cities-gets-you-around-the-world-808397/