This is obviously the serious problem of cities across Australia at the moment. This, combined with the future problem that the aim is to create hugely increased populations which Australia cannot sustain.
The developing disaster is most obvious in Melbourne. But Adelaide, Perth, Sydney (Brisbane?) all follow. We are supposed to think it is inevitable. What a crock.
In particular the point must be made that Australia has decided to follow the Asian high rise pattern of most people living in small boxes in badly built ghetto highrises. An extraordinary decision, perhaps brought on by corrupt dealings between politicians and developers. There is presumably a big connection with inferior Chinese building products commonly used.
The obvious and preferable option would have been to follow European design principles of medium density mixed buildings, typically 5-7 floors high. Decent amounts of space and light are always part of the developments even those of more modern vintage which are frequently ugly from the outside.
How ironic that Adelaide is called the Urban Forest when it is stripping itself of those inconvenient assets as fast as possible both in order to assist in big business’ building objectives and also to cater to the ‘that tree might fall on me’/that tree is….brigade.
The good thing about Adelaide is that it is way behind the catastrophe as developing in Melbourne and maybe there is the possibility of doing something about it if we can find politicians who are independent of the business behind building development.
One point worth noting that in Europe nobody as a rule wants to live in the more modern medium density apartments either because of their ugliness and the fact that they tend to be in outerlying areas. They live there because they can’t afford to live in the older, gracious apartments in the older more central parts of the city.
By retrofitting our capital cities, we’re forcing residents to live with planning failures discussing some of the catastrophic decisions being made in our cities.
To investigate planning policies that deliver positive social outcomes in
hyper-dense, high-rise residential environments. Report by Leanne Hodyl – 2014 Churchill Fellow Hodyl_L_2014_Social_outcomes_in_hyper-dense_high-rise_residential_environments_1
The Housing We’d Choose includes a downloadable report on what Australians want in housing, report is 2011.
Transport-Oriented Development – US site but the ideas have been brought to Australia.
Activity Corridor Intensification in Perth and the role of Design Based
Research A 2013 report on this development strategy in Perth.
Melbourne Activity Centres – trying to make suburban life attractive enough to stop pressure on the city centre. Looking at their timeline for Broadmeadows, one cannot help thinking of Elizabeth in Adelaide. Can governments create such things successfully?
City Futures Research Centre (UNSW) has a large list of resources including a literature review of a couple of hundred pages: