Getting Dense: Why Has Urban Consolidation Been So Difficult?

Hurley, J, Taylor, E and Dodson, J 2017, 'Getting Dense: Why Has Urban Consolidation Been So Difficult?' in Neil Sipe and Karen Vella (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning, Routledge, New York, United States, pp. 123-135.


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Title Getting Dense: Why Has Urban Consolidation Been So Difficult?
Author(s) Hurley, J
Taylor, E
Dodson, J
Year 2017
Title of book The Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York, United States
Editor(s) Neil Sipe and Karen Vella
Start page 123
End page 135
Subjects Land Use and Environmental Planning
Summary This chapter offers a critical review of urban consolidation debates, examining why increased density has been so difficult to achieve in Australian cities. First we consider definitions and measures of density, then examine increased density as a contemporary policy objective, highlighting key rationales and objections. Second, we examine the history of density policy, higher density development and associated public reactions, highlighting a policy turn from limiting toward encouraging urban density. Third, we discuss the relationship between urban density and urban structure, highlighting the apparent bias toward density over structure in contemporary Australian urban policy. In this chapter we suggest that the difficulty of urban consolidation stems from a combination of embedded physical, institutional and cultural attachment to low-density urban form; from the contested nature of policy arguments for densification; and from an overestimation of the feasibility of increased density to provide for urban improvement.
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