Hawthorn is an affluent residential suburb with rich educational facilities including numerous private high schools and Swinburne University offering courses of many disciplines. The significant downside in this area is the exclusiveness of private education and its disconnection with Swinburne University. The majority of private school graduates choose to pursue their tertiary education elsewhere such as Melbourne University and Monash University due to its prestigious reputation in comparison. Another issue that is present in this area is that the housing prices and demands are very due to its rich educational facilities and its proximity to the CBD. There is change in terms of socioeconomics within Hawthorn, as there are increasing amounts of immigrants residing in small scale housing establishments that are being built more frequently due to the Swinburne University campus.
The rich educational facilities provided by this suburb presents an exceptional opportunity to propose a new community education centre incorporating a public high school to complement the tertiary curriculum at Swinburne University as well as to generate high human capital. This new high school aims to provide an overall general curriculum from Years 7-12, with a significant focus on environmental, technological and scientific studies relating to the production and preservation zones of the Melbourne Section. Hence these studies prepare students for transition to employment opportunities in these areas as well as Swinburne University if further study is required. This community education centre would operate as a high school on weekdays in business hours and is transformed into a community centre after hours, providing language classes, workshops, sporting events and other community programs. Language classes are the most significant programs offered by the facility as it has a strong link with the immigrants and the Asian community from the CBD, Richmond and Box Hill, creating a higher awareness of the increasing Asian market in Australia. An additional element in this education centre is a boarding school catering for the high influx of international students as well as small, dense and affordable housing typology aimed to provide housing opportunities for families, professionals and university students. Overall the proposal activates Hawthorn as the education hub of the Melbourne Section, educating the community and preparing students for the workforce within the vital economies of the territory.