Are we living with our heads in the clouds? Perceptions of Liveability in the Melbourne High-Rise Apartment Market

Holdsworth, S, Kenny, D, Cooke, J and Matfin, S 2018, 'Are we living with our heads in the clouds? Perceptions of Liveability in the Melbourne High-Rise Apartment Market' in Priyadarsini Rajagopalan, Mary Myla Andamon, Trivess Moore (ed.) Energy Performance in the Australian Built Environment, Springer, Singapore, pp. 181-198.


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Title Are we living with our heads in the clouds? Perceptions of Liveability in the Melbourne High-Rise Apartment Market
Author(s) Holdsworth, S
Kenny, D
Cooke, J
Matfin, S
Year 2018
Title of book Energy Performance in the Australian Built Environment
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Singapore
Editor(s) Priyadarsini Rajagopalan, Mary Myla Andamon, Trivess Moore
Start page 181
End page 198
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Summary Housing in the Melbourne metropolitan area is in the midst of a push towards intensification through increased densification of high-rise apartment dwellings. This reflects similar international trends in housing provision, a consequence of increasing global populations and the need to intensify land use in the quest for more sustainable urban areas. However, the Melbourne housing market is inexperienced in the planning, design, delivery and habitation of high-rise development. Evolving planning legislation, which draws on existing international high-rise planning policy, recognises that current developments entering the market are lagging behind international standards in relation to the degree of liveability these buildings afford residents. This chapter examines the characteristics of liveability and design in the context of high-rise residential developments which include consideration of building amenity, apartment amenity and external amenity. It then presents the findings of 13 semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders involved in the design and construction of high-rise apartments in Melbournes CBD. The interviews explore perceptions of liveability as they inform and consequently manifest in current projects. The findings identified that liveability is a subjective term encompassing a variety of characteristics which different stakeholder groups emphasised differently based on their disciplinary background. The findings are important as there exists a limited understanding of how the industry conceptualises high-rise developments and in turn makes design and development decisions in the context of liveability. Further, it was recognised that all participants wanted to improve the liveability of their development and were prepared to collaborate across discipline to achieve such outcomes. This goal will not be achieved if interdisciplinary understandings are not identified, shared and built into the process.
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DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-981-10-7880-4_12
ISBN 9789811078798
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