This short, exploratory paper reviews the concept of urban density from a historical and sociological perspective. It argues the emphasis dedicated to urban density in Australian planning schemes risks diverting energies away from potentially more fruitful avenues for the achievement of sustainability.
These draft design guidelines aim to encourage creative and innovative approaches to housing design, particularly in relation to higher density residential development. They are open for consultation until 25 July 2017.
To understand the major barrier to making our cities more sustainable and environmentally friendly places, just stand in the centre of almost any Australian city and look up. The chances are you will be in the shadow of a tall building totally reliant on air-conditioning and made from energy-intensive materials like steel.
More and more of us living in denser cities where apartments and high-rise developments are increasingly common. This creates specific health concerns for residents of these areas, and for lower-income households in particular.
Metropolitan planning and development of Australia’s cities has been strongly influenced by what could be termed the “North American model” of low-density, car-dependent suburban development on greenfield master-planned housing estates. But this is all set to change.
City Form Lab’s research examines the theory that denser city environments tend to generate higher levels of interaction between people, establishments, and institutions than sparser city environments.
Louise Johnson takes a look inside the Australian home and examines the changing character of the suburban idyll that maintains a hold on our national psyche, as the composition of its domestic spaces continues to evolve in response to the rising density of our major cities and growing ethnic and cultural diversity. Read the full article at ArchitectureAU
The United Nations had determined that 55% of the world's population live in cities.Using a definition made possible by advances in geospatial technology that uses high-resolution satellite images to determine the number of people living in a given area, research reported in this news letter estimates that 84 percent of the...