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.

ⓒ 2023
Patterns of Footscray

‘Patterns of Footscray’ is an ongoing research and design project. It is an ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures that constitute the urban environment of Footscray.

The research project began in July of 2016, with the intense mapping of Footscray’s urbanism- applying an observational and analytical approach as a method of understanding the different urban patterns of the suburb. A large portion of the project has been spent drawing and understanding the practice of the ‘everyday’. Through applying this methodology, urban elements which often appear invisible to the walker-by are made apparent. It became clear that the suburb’s architecture is a collection of hybrid typologies that are constantly being morphed and appropriated to suit evolving functions and uses. Bus shelters also act as temporary market stands, ethnic restauraunts co-exist as civic centres for different local communities, and sidewalks provide opportunities for informal economies to sprout spontaneously.


Type: Research Project
Location: Footscray, Victoria
Published: The Conversation, Architects for Peace