Density – ‘that’ 7 letter word



It was interesting reading Michael Janda from ABC’s The Drum post his thoughts about the lack of density in Australian cities compared to cities elsewhere in the world, but I wonder who is reading and listening… observing from the comments at least a few – as always with diametrically opposed views.  Kudos to Michael for presenting some interesting facts about the potential benefits of the ‘D’ word… however it does involve a different style of living that many of us may be less accustomed to.

I mentioned in a recent post the potential impact of not considering alternative development models would have on Perth by the middle of this century – i.e. continued urban sprawl.  I don’t think that will happen (well I hope it won’t!) however we need to find some suitable middle ground to start the ball rolling to showcase how this can be done right.

To add to my thoughts on this I recently spent several days in Singapore (the source of the photos on this post) and it is a shining light for higher density developments with mixed uses that appears to work very well.  I accept that it does give a different feel to the city; however there are a large number of parks and amenities that are readily accessible.  I think we need to start looking at other cities and learning from them (rather than keeping on sprawling out like L.A.).

So what do we do with our ‘Density Challenge’?  Any of you have any ideas?


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2 Responses to Density – ‘that’ 7 letter word

  1. RobF says:

    Tom, yes we definitely need higher density to avoid urban sprawn. Have a look at Richard Wellers book Boomtown 2050 for lots of ideas!

    But your point about public spaces is an important one: great places to live always provide great places for people to be when not at home or work. There are flaws in our planning process which seem to concentrate on the built environment, rather than the people environment. Singapore is indeed a great place, with lots of people-centric planning.

    Have a look at “projects for public places” (?) at


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