Initial Map


The Darlinghurst area consists of a fairly even mixture of residential households and businesses.

The residential population is 10,656 – approximately 60% male and 40% female – the majority in the 25-49 age bracket. Households are on the whole apartment or town house dwellings with the average household size being 1.78 people with the vast majority consisting of single person households and couples without children. Whilst the majority of the population identify as heterosexual, there is a significant proportion of the population who identify as homosexual. The population has a high employment rate, generally earning an above average income, 60% are employed as managers or professionals.

The approximately 1,200 businesses in the area consist of 20.7% retail and personal services, 19.2% food and beverage, 12.7% creative industries, 10.3% professional and business services, 9.4% tourist, cultural and leisure and 27.7% other.
Visitors to the area are a mixture of local, other Sydneysiders and tourists whose primary purpose are entertainment in the form cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs and also medical treatment, with St Vincent’s Public Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital Cancer Centre and St Vincent’s Private Hospital all residing on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.

Despite the somewhat affluent nature of Darlinghurst’s residents, the area tends to attract a high number of homeless, drug and alcohol addicted persons to its streets, along with those engaged in prostitution. This can be attributed to the
high availability of drugs and alcohol, the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre located in nearby Kings Cross and the numerous X-rated adult venues in Kings Cross.


Liverpool Street runs from the City through Darlinghurst, on to Paddington. The Darlinghurst section of Liverpool Street is fairly quiet and subdued, consisting of residential households including small apartment blocks and townhouses and scattered clusters of small businesses including cafes, hairdressers, art galleries, retail and small private businesses.

Darlinghurst Road is located in Darlinghurst and King Cross and consists of a combination of residential households, including townhouses and apartments, and small businesses. The businesses residing on the street
include restaurants, bars, convenient stores, bottle shops, salons and a clinic as well as Sydney Jewish Museum and Sacred Hospice The street is convenient for residents and employees alike as it is accessible to numerous forms of public transport.

Crown Street runs through Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. Focusing on the Darlinghurst section, Crown Street combines business and residential living. The street consists of an array of businesses from restaurants, small cafes, a gym, car rental and convenience stores. Crown Street remains a popular street with a fairly relaxed and casual atmosphere.

Victoria Street is a diverse street that is divided into a business section which contains a lot of cafes, restaurants and bars, and a medical zone that contains the St. Vincent's Hospital and neighbouring medical facilities. The result of this distribution is a very dense waste production of either food products and packaging for the business section and medical and hazardous waste in the medical zone.

William Street is in the heart of Darlinghurst. A main strip stretches down a slope running parallel to Kings cross and is scattered with small businesses, a few large business towers and apartments on either side- separated by lanes of busy traffic making their way along the cross city tunnel. The Coca Cola sign suspended high above overlooking William St. is perhaps the most strikingly iconic symbol of the area.

Statement of Intent

Food and organic waste makes up 50% of household waste and a decent portion of business waste,particularly businesses which purvey food – cafes, restaurants, bars, etc. – as well as those that purvey plants – florists, plant stores, etc. Food and organic waste sent to landfill produces methane gas, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas emission, contributing to climate change.

In our design project, we intend to address the problem of food and organic waste in the Darlinghurst area. We hope to design a community solution which will not only divert food and organic waste from landfill where it will cause harm, but will utilise the waste as a valuable resource for the advantage and benefit of both the physical environment and the community as a whole.