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Muloobinba by Christopher Mullaney

LOCATION:  Newcastle, Australia

The project presents a framework for adaptive re-use developments in the post industrial city of Newcastle and outlines an alternative method by which these ventures may be undertaken – a process where architects become agents of the community, taking on a number of roles, including that of developer, political advisor, site manager, fundraiser and performer to identify sites of potential and facilitate their inhabitation through collaboration.

“Muloobinba”, a floating dock in Newcastle’s harbour, has been used as a prototype for these ideas. Viewed as a space-for-hire, the final scheme presents eight possible phases in the future life of the dock, constructed from salvaged industrial by-products and disused machinery.