Multi-Use Commercial Streetscape

Pure architectural form does not exist in Footscray. This streetscape demonstrates how the architecture is always experienced and understood as a multi-layered combination of elements and not as a singular entity. The city is read as a complex amalgamation of heritage, signage, cultural re-enactments, appropriations and human interactions.


The buildings seem to fade into the background and what emerges is a complex layering of fine grain elements- signs, decorations, furniture, cables, etc. These ephemeral elements add to the vitality and intensity of Footscray’s street life.

Shops often extend their commercial activites out into the public realm, using the footpaths as extensions of their stores. The human scale of the buildings as well as the diversity of building heights is something which also contributes to the positive experience of the streetscape.