More population growth, higher density living
Population growth in Australia continues apace and interestingly most of the growth is pouring into our cities and major regional centres. In New Zealand, while there isn't the same growth rate driven by immigration, the population growth areas are also almost exclusively in the cities, particularly Auckland.
So how are we planning to provide housing for everyone? Apparently by fitting more people into less space.
Higher density housing is now not only part of our lives but it will be increasingly so. This week I participated in the excellent Higher Density Living conference in Sydney. Attended by local government planners, consultants, architects and developers, nobody is arguing against higher density housing. But we are arguing about how and where it should be, and how high.
We’re learning that higher density housing plays an important role in the spatial geography of the new economy. While many people are taking up the higher density lifestyle, one of the biggest challenges is getting community acceptance of higher density housing – and design has a lot to do with this.
We also need to explain and articulate the benefits of higher density housing to our communities so that they are brought along on the journey. As former planners, we developed a methodology that helps to do this using an evidence-based narrative. Some of the attendees at the conference expressed an interest in learning more about it so here is a link to what we call housing.id.