|Published online: April 25, 2014||$US5.00|
The residents of Australia’s large, low-density cities have traditionally enjoyed good public health relative to the citizens of cities with higher dwelling densities in Europe and North America and this has especially been the case for children. Diseases such as rickets that are traditionally associated with poverty and poor urban planning have been absent from Australia until recently. Relatively good public health in Australia is associated with the private space afforded by lower density and unrestricted access to public parks, gardens, and recreational facilities. Planning for Australia’s major cities is currently focused on creating greater dwelling density to accommodate population growth. Densification is removing private space in the form of backyards but also public, community space. This article offers examples of urban consolidation in Australia and discusses the implications for child health.
|Keywords:||Urban Planning, Child Health, Dwelling Density, Urban Consolidation|
The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 5, Issue 1, April 2014, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 400.896KB)).
Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia