Card Practice is an architectural & urban design practice from Melbourne, Australia.
Registered Architects in Victoria (ARBV 600280)
Nominated Architect in New South Wales, James Connor (NSWARB 12246)
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
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Kebab Urbanism is a self-initiated research project looking at the importance of Kebab vans in activating underutilised urban areas & providing social mobility for migrant workers.
The ubiquitous kebab van has become part of the urban character of Melbourne over the past three decades. Long before the food-truck craze hit Melbourne, inner-city dwellers knew the kebab van: a food outlet of modest scale, temporary construction (most often existing within a van or trailer), and typically located within car washes or petrol stations at the intersections of busy arterial roads.
Almost by stealth, the kebab van filtered through suburban road networks and car-service businesses. Mainstream culture tolerates them because they occupy unattractive, undesired urban voids and provide alternatives to the corporate likes of McDonald’s. Despite the kebab van’s subculture status, the practices of “kebab urbanism” can teach policymakers and planners a lot about placemaking.
Type: Research Project
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Published: The Conversation, The University of Melbourne