The impact of private and shared open space on liveability in subtropical apartment buildings

Kennedy, Rosemary J. & Buys, Laurie (2015) The impact of private and shared open space on liveability in subtropical apartment buildings. In Wood, Antony & Malott, David (Eds.) Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago, IL, pp. 318-323.

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The study explores the relationship between open space design, factors impacting open space provision, and resident satisfaction with open space in multistorey apartment buildings in the context of the subtropical lifestyle and climate of Brisbane Australia. The purpose of the paper is to identify the specific physical and spatial design characteristics residents perceive to be important in open spaces associated with their private dwellings and with shared open spaces. Firsthand resident evaluations of everyday experiences of residing in inner urban high density environments are explored through a survey of 636 residents and interviews with 24 residents. Private balconies are highly valued, but residents’ satisfaction would be enhanced by spaciousness for diverse activities, privacy and climate responsive design. Communal spaces and facilities are used infrequently by many residents who prefer interactions with community outside of the building. This is related to preferences for a level of anonymity in a setting where privacy is difficult to achieve due to physical proximity of neighbours.

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ID Code: 90877
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: apartments, liveability, multi-residential towers, private open space, shared open space, subtropical
ISBN: 9780939493449
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat/Rosemary Kennedy; Laurie Buys
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2015 05:32
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2015 23:05

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