The guide provides residents, building managers, council authorities, designers and developers with a practical guide to assess the liveability of a dwelling, building and surrounding community. Liveability refers to the characteristics that make a place where people want to live (eg access to services, quality of life, comfortable living standards, transport, air quality and social participation).
Although targeted towards inner-city high-density areas, the findings can be applied to other areas too. The guide has been informed by high-density residents’ perspectives, based on research undertaken in inner-urban locations across Brisbane. The research – including surveys, interviews, observations and temperature monitoring – was undertaken by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Northshore Development Group as part of an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the social, environmental and economic impacts of high-density living.
Based on residents’ experiences, nine key topics have been identified as important for enhancing the liveability of high-density areas. These topics have been organised under three categories:
- Dwelling: Thermal Comfort / Ventilation; Natural Light; Noise Mitigation
- Building: Shared Space; Good Neighbour Protocols; Environmental Sustainability
- Community: Accessible and Sustainable Transport; Amenities / Services; Sense of Community
Each factsheet includes an overview of the topic, findings from the research, recommended guidelines and further links. For more information see www.highdensityliveability.org.au