Exploring the social impacts of high-density living in a sub-tropical environment

Buys, Laurie, Summerville, Jennifer A., Kennedy, Rosemary J., & Bell, Lorraine M. (2008) Exploring the social impacts of high-density living in a sub-tropical environment. In Subtropical Cities 2008 : From Fault-lines to Sight-lines - Subtropical Urbanism in 20-20, 3-6 September 2008, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.

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High-density living has been viewed as a key strategy to manage urban growth and minimise the negative impacts of urban sprawl. Drawing on the experiences of participants from high-density dwellings within inner-urban areas in Brisbane, South-East Queensland, this paper investigates the social impacts of high-density living, particularly impacts that relate to residents’ experiences of the sub-tropical climate. Using 636 survey responses and 24 qualitative interviews, it was revealed how residents managed the thermal comfort within their dwelling, with a particular focus on summer time. Residents reported a general preference for natural air-flow over the use of air-conditioning. Residents also related certain design features to the climate within their dwelling, remarking on use of balconies and open spaces, orientation of their building and making internal and external modifications to the dwelling to manage climate. Recognising how residents’ experience and respond to the climate within their high-density dwellings can provide insight into the liveability of high-density dwellings and assist with sustainable planning and design for sub-tropical environments.

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ID Code: 20488
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: high-density living, Brisbane, social impact, sub-tropical climate, residents, sustainable design
ISBN: 978-0-9752440-2-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2009 23:51
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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