Vertical mixed use communities: a compact city model

Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina B. and Darchen, Sébastien (2013). Vertical mixed use communities: a compact city model. In: Kristian Ruming, Bill Randolph and Nicole Gurran, State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings. SOAC 2013: 6th State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (1-11). 26-29 November, 2013.

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Author Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina B.
Darchen, Sébastien
Title of paper Vertical mixed use communities: a compact city model
Conference name SOAC 2013: 6th State of Australian Cities Conference
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 November, 2013
Proceedings title State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings
Place of Publication Hobart, TAS, Australia
Publisher State of Australian Cities Research Network
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Editor Kristian Ruming
Bill Randolph
Nicole Gurran
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Cities have advocated more compact development patterns to address the need to accommodate a burgeoning urban population. One such compact model is the vertical mixed-use (VMU) development. However, its development and implementation are generally perceived to be complicated in terms of unfavorable regulatory and development controls, higher construction cost, staging as well as funding complexities. We examine the growth patterns and development trends of vertical mixed-use developments in Brisbane, looking for evidence that the vertical mixed-use model can promote sustainable futures for Australian cities. We also reviewed existing urban policies, codes and regulations. Our results indicate a slow but growing trend towards the development of VMUs within Brisbane CBD as a result of statutory policies, which encourage the integration of mixed-use zones within activity centres. Using Hoppenbrouwer and Low’s framework we identified and profiled thirteen VMUs. Our results strongly suggest the rampant presence of single function vertical structures (86% of 418) within Brisbane CBD. Only 1.7% of the vertical structures identified accommodated three and 11.9% two uses. We then surveyed the perception of developers in terms of potential and significant barriers to VMU development.
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