High density housing

High density living
Discussion paper

The apartment shortage

Planning regulations restrict the supply of apartments and hence drive up their price. This effect can be measured by the difference between the price of new apartments and the cost of supplying them. This paper measures the excess demand for apartments in Australia's largest cities.
Conference paper

What types of evidence are available for translating health evidence into planning strategies for higher density living? A review of the literature

Despite abundant knowledge and research highlighting the significance of urban planning for improving health outcomes, there remains an absence of understanding of how health evidence can be translated into planning policy and practice, particularly for higher density urban development. This paper presents the findings of...

Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods

This research investigates the experiences of lower-income apartment residents in relation to planning and infrastructure provision; urban design; building design and management; neighbourhood amenities and facilities; and ongoing place management and community engagement so as to improve wellbeing, community and housing affordability outcomes.
Conference paper

The origin of rejection: Sydney’s first ideological battle with apartments

Exploring the social, political and economic factors that favoured urban sprawl over high density during early twentieth century, this paper examines the discourses surrounding the ideal Australian home at such a key time in Sydney’s early development.

GOD save us: greenspace-oriented development could make higher density attractive

The lure of suburbia clearly remains strong for people around the world. If planners are to deal with the problems of sprawl, they need to increase urban density in a way that resonates with the leafy green qualities of suburbia that most people desire (at...

“Density has to be likeable”

High-rise housing has many benefits and quite a few shortcomings. The challenge is to shift the balance towards likeability.
Conference paper

From eyesore to icon: reappraising Sydney’s Sirius Apartments (1975-80)

The paper discusses the Sirius apartments located in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct. It is informed by personal communication with the building’s architect, Tao (Theodorus) Gofers. The paper situates the building in the context of the 1970s redevelopment plans for the Rocks, its critical reception as...
Conference paper

Up and out

Following the decline of manufacturing at the end of the twentieth century, land and infrastructure speculation continued to drive suburban expansion at the edges of the city of Melbourne. Mass transit technologies allowed suburban sprawl in the 1870s through the construction of light and heavy...
Briefing paper

Higher density living: critical policy brief

This briefing draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s housing research community to inform policy makers and the wider community on critical challenges in addressing Melbourne’s housing needs.

Reducing crime in public housing areas through community development: an evaluation of the High Density Housing Program in the ACT

This evaluation of the High Density Housing Program (HDHP) employed a rigorous, quasi-experimental design, which enabled changes in recorded assaults and property crime, disturbance incidents and ambulance attendances at Ainslie Avenue to be compared with those of another public housing area that shared similar characteristics.