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Tag Archives: Density

April 27, 2017
April 26, 2017
High-Density Intensified Housing Developments in Asia
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper highlights the key considerations and trends in the development of new urban spaces in the context of high-density, high-intensity residential urban environments in Asia.

April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017
Interests Behind ‘City Shapers’ Subvert High-Density Policies
The Conversation

Urban consolidation features in the planning policy of every Australian capital, but is highly contentious. Communities often resist attempts to increase density. And research suggests such policies are inconsistently implemented and often fail to achieve sustainability goals.

April 18, 2017
Getting From Here to There
Journal of the American Planning Association (abstract)

A comment on “Does Compact Development Make People Drive Less?” by Dr. Mark Stevens.

April 17, 2017
Houston Isn’t All Sprawl
The Urban Edge

Digging deeper into Houston and Harris County’s residential building stock complicates the notion that its built environment should be defined solely by its low-density housing.

April 13, 2017
Portland’s Next Density Spurt

Flashy new residential projects near the Burnside Bridge suggest the expansion of the Rose City’s urban core has leaped across the Willamette River.

April 12, 2017
April 6, 2017
What Drove the Driving Downturn?

In an (academic) brawl over sprawl, planners are debating whether compact development contributed to a recent decrease in vehicles miles traveled.

April 3, 2017
April 2, 2017
Supporting Density Without Considering Housing Costs
The Urbanist

At some point, maybe in two years or ten years, the endless rise of housing costs in Seattle will stop. We might see a recession. Hiring may slow. Incomes could flatten. Even if we don’t build one more unit of housing, rents can’t rise indefinitely.

March 29, 2017
March 22, 2017
March 19, 2017
Managing Australia’s Density Transition
International Planning Studies (abstract)

This paper explores the transition towards the compact city model in Australia, which has become the orthodoxy of metropolitan planning in the last two decades.

March 15, 2017
New Evidence That Dense Development Reduces Driving
Huffington Post

If, as a city planner or elected official, one of your objectives is to slow or reverse the growth of traffic and its associated environmental and economic costs, encouraging development close to the regional center is a useful policy tool to have in your collection of options.

March 14, 2017
March 13, 2017
March 12, 2017
One of World’s Densest Countries Going Green

Currently, it’s estimated that densely populated urban areas contribute up to 70 percent of Greenhouse Gas emissions even though they cover only 2 percent of the world’s area. Singapore, however, has planned to pivot its city through a green initiative since 2008.

March 9, 2017
March 8, 2017
Québec: A Catalog of Density
Urban Kchoze

So, I’ve recently discovered an interesting tool to visualize census data for Canada, that made me want to do a kind of encyclopaedia of density, for typical forms of development in Québec, and maybe a bit from Canada too.


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