Achieving medium-high density in low scale development: The Queensland experience in innovative ‘fine-grained’ urbanism

Holz, Malcolm & Kane, Michael (2015) Achieving medium-high density in low scale development: The Queensland experience in innovative ‘fine-grained’ urbanism. In Beza, Beau B. & Jones, David (Eds.) Book of Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings: 8th International Urban Design Conference, Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., Brisbane, Australia, pp. 147-166.

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Worldwide population growth and economic agglomeration is driving increasing urban density within larger metropolitan conurbations. Population growth and housing diversity and affordability issues in Queensland have seen an increasing demand for more diverse and higher density development. Under Queensland’s flexible planning regulatory provisions, a level of ‘medium’ to ‘high density’ is being achieved by a focus on fine-grained urban design, low scale development, lot diversity, and delivery of single dwelling products. This for Queensland (and Australia) has been an unprecedented innovation in urban and dwelling design. Dwellings are being delivered on lots with zero regulatory minimum sizes providing for a range of new products including ‘apartments on the ground’. This paper reviews recent and nascent demonstrations of EDQ’s fine-grained urbanism principles, identifiable with historical ‘vernacular suburbanism’. The paper introduces and defines a concept of a ‘natural density’ linking human scale built form with walkability. The paper challenges the notion that (sub)urban development, outside major city centres, needs to be of a higher scale to achieve density and diversity aspirations. ‘Natural density’ provides a means of achieving the increasing demand for more diverse and higher density development.

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ID Code: 93451
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: dwelling density, urban density, fine-grained urbanism, natural density, vernacular suburbanism, apartment on the ground
ISBN: 9781922232359
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2016 01:55
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 02:44

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