The den­sity ques­tion: The com­pact city in Aus­tralia

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - RAY­MOND BUNKER AND GLEN SEARLE

The con­cept of the ‘Com­pact City' has been around for decades in one form or an­other, of­ten in­flu­enc­ing gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture choices, zon­ing de­ci­sions and con­struc­tion im­per­a­tives. And with over 60% of Aus­tralians liv­ing in only 5 pop­u­la­tion cen­tres, these un­der­pin­ning con­cepts af­fect the lives and well­be­ing of most Aus­tralians. Yet how have the prin­ci­ples and as­sump­tions of the Com­pact Cities model ac­tu­ally fared in re­al­ity, and is it time to have an­other look at how we shape the en­vi­ron­ments in which we live?

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