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Dense Housing And Urban Sustainable Development


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443 - 454




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WIT Press


B. Su


There are close relationships between urban housing density and urban sustainability. It is important but difficult to accurately estimate the appropriate housing density to enable a city to meet variable future social, economic and environmental needs. If a city’s urban housing density could be adjusted or influenced through some \“regulators” – some design factors, housing developments could be guided along the right path to meet such needs. This study randomly selected 40 existing housing projects built during the decade 1995 to 2004 through which to investigate the interactive relationships between the various design data of these housing projects and to try to identify the design factors which could be applied through housing policies to impact housing density in the local housing market for future dense housing development engaged with future urban sustainability. Keywords: dense housing development, house, housing density, house design, urban sustainable development. 1 Introduction Dense housing is becoming a common solution for meeting the growth of urban populations and economies, as well as limiting urban sprawl. Policies which foster higher density housing developments related to urban sustainability are similar in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Medium density housing is already a common form of urban housing in Australia. The literature in Australia documents the evolution of the typology in detail and presents a case for medium density housing as a solution to urban housing in general [1]. Literature on case studies within the density range from 20dph to 83dph (dwellings per hectare) extends the relevant design area to include issues related


dense housing development, house, housing density, house design, urban sustainable development