Resilient Communities Project Launch

18th June 2018 formal launch of our partnership with Resilient Melbourne in their Resilient Communities Program! See

Submission to Planning

Done and dusted! Well done Nightingale, architects, Urban Coup! Nightingale Village is now in Planning with Moreland City Council. It will be built by seven award-winning architects using the social, environmental and financial sustainability principles of the Nightingale model. These principles will be embedded in every building, and across the street. A deliberate and livable density, like nothing that has gone before it.

Celebrating Home Allocations

19th April 2018 Punctuating a most intense, heartrendering and confirming period for the Coup. There is no easy way to allocate 31 apartments to 31 households of variying size, price and aspect. However with a lot of good process, a truckload of good will and wonderful facilitation we all managed to plop into our dream homes, like a bum in a bucket, with a big sigh of relief breathed by all as we landed. Home Sweet Home

Resilient Communities

In December 2017, the project Advisory Panel endorsed Urban Coup’s expressions of interest and extended a formal invitation to join the Resilient Communities project as a pilot partner. (The Advisory Panel includes partners from Victorian State Government, Local Government, Property Sector, University of Melbourne and RMIT).

In March 2018, Resilient Melbourne and Urban Coup collaborated over two days to:

  • - define the shared Resilient Communities project opportunity;
  • - establish alignment between key stakeholders;
  • -identify the projects key decision points and;
  • - define the inputs required for decision-making processes throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Together we formed a project brief to become a foundation document for the ‘Resilient Communities - Urban Coup project and the basis for a Collaborative / Partnership agreement.

Collaborative Design Workshop 4

March 3, 2018Another fabulous workshop at Siteworkshoning in on individual homes. Nightingale talked about Better Apartment Design Standards (BADS) together with its innate limitations, typical apartment layouts and indicative prices. We were pleasantly surprised at how far you can push the envelope on studys, nooks and spare bedrooms to achieve more commununal space. We also discussed fit-out & customisation costs/implications and followed up with constructive break out time.

In the background, the Basement & building design and common areas were coming smashingly well JWe finalised various requirements around the administration room, baths, the music room and the workshop.
Again great food, fabulous facilitation with our international residents brought online by our IT gurus. Exciting times!


Collaborative Design Workshop 3

February 10th 2018

As per our developing process, this session was preluded with a community survey collaboratively shaped by the architects and key members of Urban Coup. It was intended to understand resident needs of (now identified) desirable common spaces. I.e. the flexi-rooms; kitchen / dining space; multifunction room and the rooftop. The workshop continued to pursue themes based on need.

1. In order of priority, what functions would you like (space) to cater for?

2. In order of priority, what built-in cabinetry would you like the (space) to contain, if any?

3. How would you like the (space) to feel?

4. How connected should the flexi-rooms feel relative to adjacent places?

5. Additional comments

The internal facilitation by Urban Coup was simply sensational (as of course was the food)! The community felt heard and the architects got the feedback they needed, all within the tight timeframe.

Collaborative Design Workshop 2

20th Jan 2018 

Wow! What a great day!

Jeremy started with leading us on a social saunter of all his favorite things around our Hope Street site: local restaurants; cafes; bulk shopping spots; tool library / shared workshop; the other six Nightingale sites, and the precinct.

Thank goodness for Sally who was able to pull all our ideas together in some semblance of order through a community survey to convey to the architects the fundamentals of what we wanted in terms of apartment sizes, critical spaces, secondary spaces,tertiary spaces, individual requests, privacy and enegagement. And the architects heard us.

Yay! The process was working JHappy times indeed!

Collaborative design begins...

Saturday, February 18 was met with great anticipation. We would meet our architects. We would each get to share our hopes and dreams. We would unite in blended harmony to achieve perfect understanding of our shared dream cohousing development. 

Well that was never going to happen was it?! 

It was a great day, but perhaps not the one that either party expected it to be. Urban Coup and Nightingale are both frank and open in their communication style.


Both realized the challenge of integrating two self-determined groups with strong opinions and a lot to say. Oh well. Respect intact. Shock absorbed. Challenge accepted!


Urban Coup would do what it did well...implement a process :)


We have land!

The directors of Nightingale Urban Coup signed the Contract of Sale for 24-26 Hope St, Brunswick at 5:30pm on Friday 3rd November (subject to 28 days due diligence).


Commonground November 2017

Commonground was pretty scary this time! We really didn't have a lot of work to do, so we just kinda got silly. It was Halloween after all :)