Australia Climate action and sustainable development , Housing and planning , Transport and infrastructure

Subtle density in the suburbs: reimagining the 1960s walk-up apartment block

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Summary

1960s red-brick walk-up apartment blocks are ubiquitous in the inner and middle suburbs of our cities. As many are coming to the end of their functional lives, the orthodox planning response might be to allow much higher density developments in their place, influenced by the financial feasibility of demolition and redevelopment – but is there an opportunity to retain and renew these buildings, preserving their positive qualities while overcoming their limitations?

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