High Density And Public Open Space: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

How do we ensure that our cities will grow successfully and sustainably? How can we balance an increase in density with quality public spaces and amenities while accommodating an intensification of urban population to maintain a sense of community and social cohesion? How do we do this and capitalise on existing infrastructure and adopt the right new long lasting public infrastructure which will reduce urban sprawl and reduce the impact on the environment?

These are questions that Architects have been considering since the beginning of civilisation and our relatively young Australian cities have far more potential to adapt to our modern lifestyles than many old world cities.

Within the planning and architectural profession we understand some of the fundamental answers to these questions: Transit Oriented Developments which co-locate mixed uses such as residential, offices, retail and leisure activities over or adjacent to significant multi modal transport nodes; the allocation of public open space within our major developments, fringed and activated with retail and areas for recreation; the creation of taller more slender buildings by reducing building footprints and the introduction of negative podiums for people to use as open recreation areas at ground level.

Our City Councils, Planners and Government Agencies are constantly reviewing strategies and planning controls with the intention to provide a framework for the design of our cities. Both the development industry and Government Agencies share a common interest for our design strategies to be successful, although their implementation often raises concern that their goals are in conflict with each other.

Originally Published by The Urban Developer, to continue reading click here.

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