What’s right and wrong with medium-density housing?

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There are many good reasons for living in a terrace house, a flat, even on the top of a shopping development”¦

 

Victorians and Melburnians have been slower than Sydneysiders to embrace higher density living but now it’s finally taking off.

 

There are many good reasons for living in a terrace house, a flat, even on the top of a shopping development”¦.

 

Yet many people complain that life in higher densities is not all they expected.

 

What are the sorts of planning and design concerns that current research has found?

 




And what can we do to make better housing for people who choose to live at higher densities?

 

 

 

My illustrated presentations draw on Australian and overseas research and provides some answers. They can open the door to a discussion of other approaches and solutions.

 

To read my 2003 report on the social aspects of medium-density housing in Australia prepared for the South Australian Land Management Corporation, Adelaide, please click here:

 

Land Management Corporation REPORT FINAL

 

 

RECENT RESEARCH

 

In 2012, I supervised field research, a desktop literature review and co-authored a number of reports for the Council of Mayors, Southeast Queensland, which provides guidelines for open space related to medium-density housing.

 

Click here to download a copy:

 

Open Space and Medium-Density Living Toolkit May 2012

 

The 2012 Issues Paper written primarily by Rebecca Bateman is particularly valuable:

 

LCCP Issues Paper_2013

 


The illustrator on this project was Vancouver-based planner and urban designer, Brendan Hurley.

 

Here is one of his brilliant illustrations for the Toolkit:



 

Drawing by Brendan Hurley Copyright Brendan Hurley and Wendy Sarkissian

Drawing by Brendan Hurley
Copyright Brendan Hurley and Wendy Sarkissian