Melanie Davern and colleagues write in The Conversation (5.5.17) about the major challenge of greening cities that are becoming more densely populated and developed. The authors assert that the health of city-dwellers benefits from both well-designed green spaces and urban density, so planners must manage the tensions between them.
‘Access to high-quality public open space is a key ingredient of healthy, liveable cities. This has long been recognised in government planning policy, based on a large body of academic research showing that accessible green spaces lead to better health outcomes.
‘However, cities are home to more than just people. We also need to accommodate the critters and plants who live in them. This includes the species who called our cities home before we did.
‘Greening cities that are becoming denser is a major challenge. Green spaces and density are both good for health outcomes when designed well. However, higher-density development can place added pressure on green space if not well planned and managed.’
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Why coronavirus must not stop Australia creating denser cities
Max Holleran writes in The Conversation (14.5.20) about the need to continue to increase the living density of our cities, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Stay-at-home orders have meant many people are happy to live in dispersed suburbs with free-standing, single-family homes. Quarantine feels less daunting with a backyard, plenty of storage space to stockpile supplies, and a big living room for morning stretches. Before the crisis, though, Australia was slowly moving toward urban density.
‘More apartments with communal amenities, rather than privatised space, were being built, creating less dependence on driving. It is easy to think these urbanites are now glumly looking out their windows towards the more spacious suburbs, wishing they had made different choices.
‘Yet, despite the impacts of restrictions, Australia’s future is in urban density and not the suburban sprawl of the past.’
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