Ascot Vale Social Housing Redevelopment

42 Dunlop Avenue forms part of the broader Ascot Vale Estate that has been identified by the Planning Minister to be redeveloped over the next 15-20 years to better support residents with modern housing, and well-designed community spaces and facilities.

We were engaged by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide planning and urban design advice and application management for the renewal of the Ascot Vale Estate. We worked in close collaboration with the Hayball Architecture in developing the site responsive design for 200 new residential apartments.

 A key focus for the project was the provision of high-quality internal amenity apartments for future residents, the improvement of and contribution to the public realm, and provision of high quality open space and landscaping.

The existing walk-up buildings are to be demolished and replaced by 88 new public housing homes, 11 homes for first home buyers and 101 market-rate homes. The new homes will be modern and accessible, safe, secure and energy efficient, and built to meet the needs of tenants today and into the future

Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.