We may be Australia’s third largest city but by many measures, we are a young capital whose evolution into a modern, vibrant centre has only been a few decades in the making.
One of the great advantages of this slower growth path is that, unlike Sydney, we have an abundance of options when it comes to real estate. There are huge tracts of developable land within a short commute of the CBD.
These areas are ripe for major, multi-stage community development. In addition, we have natural features that can fire the imagination of designers and home owners alike - hills with views and a winding river with frontage, not to mention enviable coast lines, clean air and a reasonably uneventful rush hour.
As such, watching the way our city has adapted to modern living over the past decade in particular has been interesting and provides a great example of what contemporary Australia should look like.
Another great advantage for Brisbane is that we remain the frontrunner in capital city affordability. Bigger blocks for less money means more square metres of blank canvas on which to create wonderful housing designs.
And our immediate future continues to look bright as we see an increasing number of interstate migrants look to take up residence and start cheering for the Maroons come State of Origin.
So, what are the interesting elements of housing design in 2018? Head to page 42 to find out.