Tag Archives: High-density housing

Growth fetish ? Urban sprawl v Higher density living ?

### onenesspublishing.com March 20, 2013
Urban sprawl isn’t to blame: unsustainable cities are the product of growth fetish
By Brendan Gleeson
In a recent article on The Conversation Robert Nelson argues we are all morally culpable for unsustainable urban sprawl. He goes on to suggest we fix this by taking advantage of opportunities for higher density development in sparsely populated inner suburbs. But his argument is based on a false opposition: mounting evidence shows that high density development in inner areas performs very poorly in terms of resource consumption and greenhouse emissions. The idea that outer suburbs are inherently less sustainable than inner ones doesn’t bear scrutiny. The key question is not where we accommodate growth; it’s our slavish pursuit of growth itself.
Read more

● Brendan Gleeson is Professor in Urban Policy Studies at University of Melbourne.

The Conversation hosts in-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics and researchers.

Urban Expansion shutterstock.com

Read two articles by Robert Nelson at The Conversation:

The grass isn’t greener in the outer ‘burbs (7 March 2013, 6.43am AEST)
“For a long a time real estate close to the palace was socially desirable, and anyone with aspirations didn’t want to know about the rest. Today in Melbourne inner-city people are embarrassed to reveal knowledge of the outer suburbs such as South Morang, like 17th century Parisians who would mispronounce the street-names of poorer areas or affect not to know them at all. Throughout history, the distribution of wealth has had a geographical expression. Snobbery, however, is only part of the challenge of urban geography. Power and privilege are concentrated within 10kms of the city centre.”

The devaluing dream; why Australian suburbia is an economic disaster (11 January 2012, 6.22am AEST)
“In spite of what everyone believes through natural pride and vanity, the family house is an asset that depreciates. Don’t be deceived that the value of property goes up and up, which of course it does. The rising prices are caused by the land becoming more expensive, not the house itself.”

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: shutterstock.com – urban expansion

1 Comment

Filed under #eqnz, Architecture, Business, Construction, Design, Economics, Geography, Heritage, Innovation, Inspiration, Media, Name, People, Politics, Project management, Property, Site, Town planning, Urban design, What stadium

RNZ Sunday Morning | Ideas: Re-imagining the Urban House

Athfield House by Grant SheehanAthfield House, Wellington. Photo: Grant Sheehan

### radionz.co.nz 3 March 2013
Radio New Zealand National
Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw
Listen on 101 FM or online at radionz.co.nz

10:06 Ideas: Re-imagining the Urban House
Arguments for intensifying the density of housing tend to fall into two categories: Affordability and putting a halt to urban sprawl.
Ideas talks to two architects who advocate higher density housing not just for those reasons but because they believe, if done right, it will result in more livable houses and communities.

Robert Dalziel, the co-author of A House in the City: Home Truths in Urban Architecture, has traveled the world looking at traditional models of high density housing and come to some interesting conclusions; and Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated architects, talks about the lessons he’s learnt from building his own house which now combines living quarters for 25 people with office space for another 40.
Audio | Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed (49′59″)

A House in the City http://www.rationalhouse.com/the_book.php
Ian Athfield: http://www.athfieldarchitects.co.nz/

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

2 Comments

Filed under Architecture, Design, Innovation, Inspiration, Media, Name, People, Property, Site, Town planning, Urban design

NZ Institute of Architects Graphisoft Student Design Award 2009

“Dunedin has some of the best old architecture in the country and even when I was at Otago Boys there was a great mix of old and new buildings.”
–Simon Harrison

### ODT Online Thu, 3 Dec 2009
Dunedin man NZ’s top architecture student
By Hamish McNeilly
Victoria University student Simon Harrison (33) won the New Zealand Institute of Architects Graphisoft Student Design Award 2009, which includes $5000 and a trip to Sydney. Mr Harrison said his work, Urban Neighbours, was influenced by a recent internship in Switzerland where he worked on high density housing, where “public private” spaces were designed to create genuine neighbourhoods.
Another former Dunedin man and fellow Victoria University student, Daniel Davis (22) was also a finalist in the annual competition, which invites four finalists from each of the country’s three schools of architecture.
Read more

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

2 Comments

Filed under Architecture, Business, Design, Geography, Heritage, Inspiration, Media, Name, New Zealand, NZIA, People, Property, Site, Town planning, Urban design