This is a typical suburban cul-de-sac – that has changed its local transport system. The property owners negotiated to close their no-through road to everyday traffic and install a shared carport at the entrance of the street – a maximum of 200m from the other-end of the street. This simple act – and small personal behavioural change – free up enormous real estate for other uses: space that can be put-to-use for cultural and environmental production.
Energy, waste and water are re-negotiated at street scale. Reduced traffic allows for more permeable road and driveway surfacing – dramatically reducing the burden on the stormwater system and allowing local water retention. Verges re-wilded with native species further treat the water for re-use. The things we normally do in garages, including workshops, storage, gardening equipment, water storage and rubbish collection are all able to be re-thought collectively. Without the fixed dimensions of the car and its turning circle being the key determining factor in the spatial layout, buildings can be more flexible to respond to human and environmental needs. Small electric transfer vehicles assist with drop-off and delivery to homes. Deep root zones for large canopy trees replace car parks and make suburbs cooler as they densify.