Delivering liveability through neighbourhood amenities

The upcoming 9th International Urban Design Conference will be held at Hyatt Canberra from Monday 7 November to Wednesday 9 November 2016. Joining us are presenters from 7 countries including Australia, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr Natalie Allen from The University of Auckland will be joining us to discuss ‘Delivering liveability through neighbourhood amenities’.

‘If cities are to fulfil their directive for a compact urban future, residents must buy in to the intensification of established town centres and existing neighbourhoods. How can those in the built environment industry ensure that this intensification delivers liveability for current and future residents? This presentation argues for the importance of strategically integrating neighbourhood amenities alongside housing projects in order to deliver quality of urban life outcomes. The apparent risk of not considering neighbourhood amenities in this way is to misunderstand the nature of contemporary urban life and the effects of changing demographics and household structures on housing choices.’

Dr Natalie Allen is an urban design strategist with a background in architecture. Her doctoral research focussed on the relationship between delivering urban intensification and maintaining quality of urban life for residents. This includes understanding two critical areas; firstly, how higher density housing choices are made and the trade-offs residents make as part of this process. Secondly, the significance of neighbourhood amenities in relation to neighbourhood satisfaction.

For more information on the 9th International Urban Design Conference please visit the Conference Website.


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