Planning for health in higher density living: learning from the experience of Green Square, New South Wales

Greg Paine, Laura Goh, Susan Thompson (Lead / Corresponding author), Irena L. C. Connon, Jason H. Prior, Leena Thomas

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    Abstract

    Urban densification proceeds apace. However, and notwithstanding a renewed awareness of the intrinsic link between urban form and human health, we are only beginning to query the impact of higher density living on health-supportive behaviours. Using Green Square, Sydney as a case study, this paper reports recent research that addresses this gap. Findings include a consistency–though largely unrecognized–with the healthy built environments research literature; a lack of a consistent ‘healthy environments’ language, including any definition of ‘healthy density’; a lack of attention to high-rise high density; and a need for an active engagement with complexity, as well as substantial and ongoing institutional support.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-149
    Number of pages11
    JournalAustralian Planner
    Volume57
    Issue number3-4
    Early online date13 Dec 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Keywords

    • density
    • Green Square
    • Health
    • high density
    • high-rise

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Urban Studies

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