Mapping Urban Residual Space and Exploring Opportunities for the Re-use of Existing Buildings

The need to realise a higher density of houseswithin Australian cities has shown a preoccupation with the demolition of existing buildings, and the construction of multistorey apartment buildings.

While adapting urban form for higher densities is a necessary process for ‘living sustainably’ (Blair et al. 2004), some recent developments have neglected the space of the street (street space) as a vital part of urban life (Alexander et al. 1977; Jacobs 1961).

Chris Tucker outlined a study being undertaken to assess the opportunities for occupying residual space on the outside of existing buildings within the urban streets of Newcastle. The study makes a case for urban streets that are compact and diverse, and where a sustainable urban form can be achieved through the the gradual adaptation and re use of existing buildings. He also discussed how the boundaries of residual space are mapped using the potential of; planning policy, historical precedence, the local environment and the existing street space1. The residual space is then occupied with new spaces that gradually repair the urban condition and reinforce an active engagement with the environment.

Chris Tucker, University of Newcastle, Australia presented this paper last year at the 5th International Urban Design Conference – Hilton on the Park in Melbourne 10th – 12th September 2012

The full paper is available for viewing in the Conference Book of Proceedings HERE

You can submit an abstract NOW for the 2013 Conference to be held at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park from Monday the 9th to Wednesday 11th of September 2013.   

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