Understanding housing density

Bamford, Greg (2008). Understanding housing density. In: Andrew Jones, Tim Seelig and AliceThompson, Reshaping Australasian Housing Research: Refereed Papers from the 2nd Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference. 2nd Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (1-15). 20-22 June 2007.

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Author Bamford, Greg
Title of paper Understanding housing density
Conference name 2nd Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 20-22 June 2007
Proceedings title Reshaping Australasian Housing Research: Refereed Papers from the 2nd Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Housing Policy Research Program,The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Andrew Jones
Tim Seelig
Volume CR-ROM
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Given the importance widely attached to urban density and by implication housing density, it is curious that our general understanding of housing densities and their relations or effects remains remarkably unsophisticated, and seems to attract even less academic or professional attention now than at some times in the past. When housing densities are measured comparisons are infrequently made or evaluated. In general, little concern is shown for achieving comparability as different measures (site density, net residential density) are common. And what goes for density goes for the relations between density and other measures important to understanding or forming judgements about appropriate densities, such as site cover and plot ratio. We seem to have little more to go on than our intuitions or statements of preferences concerning what are tolerable or appropriate densities, relative to inhabitation. The best general text on this matter remains Housing as if People Mattered, which was published over 20 years ago and confined itself to medium density family housing. As for the mix of built form and social or cultural factors influencing our density preferences or impressions it is anybody’s guess. To form worthwhile judgements on these matters, for the purposes of both policy and design, we need a more comprehensive or better theoretical account of housing density and its effects or implications. I sketch the case for such an account by analysing samples of housing schemes and particular housing types and schemes, from Australia and overseas.
Subjects 1201 Architecture
120101 Architectural Design
120103 Architectural History and Theory
Keyword Housing density
Urban planning
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Conference paper on CD-ROM

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