Thinking productively about lower densities: A response to Peter Newman

Bamford, Greg (2003). Thinking productively about lower densities: A response to Peter Newman. In: In Search of Sustainability proceedings, 2003. ISOS Online Conference: In Search of Sustainability, Canberra, ACT, (). February-November 2003.


Author Bamford, Greg
Title of paper Thinking productively about lower densities: A response to Peter Newman
Conference name ISOS Online Conference: In Search of Sustainability
Conference location Canberra, ACT
Conference dates February-November 2003
Proceedings title In Search of Sustainability proceedings, 2003
Place of Publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher International Organization for Standardization
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 4
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Peter Newman claims “there are no increases in ecological activity in low density areas” and the best examples of “urban ecology” occur in “inner city areas … or in intentional rural communities [sic]” (p. 8). Both of these claims are false. In relation to the former claim, for example, homegrown food production in Australian cities is typically inversely related to density, with the former increasing as the latter decreases. In relation to the latter, a novel housing type originating from Denmark - cohousing - has been largely a suburban phenomenon in that country. In cohousing, households have private individual houses but share common space and facilities in an ‘intentional neighbourhood’, producing considerable social and environmental benefits. We can think more productively about urban densities, offering people the opportunity to live more environmentally responsible lives at a wider range of densities, including lower densities, than many allow or believe.
Subjects 120101 Architectural Design
120103 Architectural History and Theory
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Keyword Urban ecology
Urban density
Cohousing
Intentional neighbourhood
Sustainablility
Intentional rural communities
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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