Compacting the city centre: densification in two Newcastles

Giddings, Bob and Rogerson, Robert J. (2021) Compacting the city centre: densification in two Newcastles. Buildings & Cities, 2 (1). pp. 185-202. ISSN 2632-6655

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Coherence of city form and consistency throughout the city centre are important objectives, and great differences in density disturb this unity. The city centre is not a project, but a continuous process. Thus, it benefits from fine grain developments on the principle of a rich built environment being generated through small contributions by numbers of people over time. A concept is proposed that densification has positive outcomes up to a point at which negative effects begin to occur. Density is readily measured, but the question remains where the balance point is for each city. There is also a notion that negative impacts may occur before a stipulated density is realised. Support is needed to develop a virtual city model for all cities, and funding to advance city information modelling for all aspects of sustainability, to encourage optimum levels of densification to be achieved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The work reported in this paper is part of the outcomes from Future of the City Centre, a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Grant (Research Networking AH/R006881/1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: city centres, compact cities, densification, density, planning, sustainability, urban design, Australia, UK
Subjects: K200 Building
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 10:01
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:30

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