Getting Dense: Why Has Urban Consolidation Been so Difficult?

Joe Hurley, Liz Taylor, Jago Dodson

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Recent city restructuring debates and policy in Australia elevate the importance of density in achieving more sustainable urban forms, representing a significant policy turn from limiting density for much of the twentieth century. This focus on form over structure reflects central government withdrawal from issues of city structure and infrastructure planning; and is problematic given the cultural, structural, and legal embeddedness that resists density. To achieve more sustainable urban forms, efforts to increase density must be better aligned with and supported by improved urban structure; and underpinned by sound policy principles, good urban design, and more active engagement with the sentiments of existing communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning
EditorsNeil Sipe, Karen Vella
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-74805-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-81354-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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