How to design housing for happiness

February 11, 2023Homepage, Memoir, Opinion, The Saturday Paper

A few years ago, I was involved in the design of a social housing project. The project had all the best possible intentions. It aimed to address homelessness among older single women by building high-quality, affordable eco-townhouses in a gentrifying suburb close to the city. Like many architect-designed projects, it came in over budget. I … Read More

The three of us

October 5, 2013Homepage, Memoir, Social issues, The Sydney Morning Herald

I prepared for the birth of my identical twin sons with all the precision of a military operation. I had a roster of friends and family staying with me for three months and a food circle that would keep me in evening meals for six weeks. I hired a cleaning lady, a mowing man, and … Read More