Answering the Questions Behind Sustainable Communities

Good things have been said about Springfield in Queensland, though the housing lacks the necessary diversity to develop a socially balanced community.  University Hill in Melbourne is a good example of a place where retail and employment were the initial drivers of the development.  University Hill has a diverse dwelling mix with apartments, townhouses, heritage conversion and detached homes and, very importantly, responds to its context with a site-specific design response.

We also need to learn the lessons from our existing older suburbs to see how they have evolved over time, how their urban form helps or hinders this evolution, and why a diverse population makes for a more interesting and thriving place.

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July 18, 2012

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