|Sent on:||Tuesday, May 12, 2009 7:24 AM|
Green Housing at Higher Densities
Professor Tony Hall, Griffith University
Moves to higher residential densities in Australia cause concern in some quarters. Although sustainable in some respects, they may be unsatisfactory in others. However, people are often unaware that, at any given density, it is possible to lay out housing in radically different ways, both sustainable and unsustainable. Unfortunately, Australia is in danger of getting the worst of all worlds. The newer low-density car-based suburbs have little space or greenery around the house. Medium and high densities are in the form of freestanding apartment blocks with high embodied and ongoing energy requirements.
It does not have to be like this. Current practice in many European countries, including Britain, provides family houses and gardens at densities between 30-60 dph. Tony will demonstrate how it is possible to combine such practice with the best of Australian traditions to create green houses and with significant gardens at over 30 dph.
Tony Hall is an Adjunct Professor within the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. Before taking early retirement in 2004, he was Professor of Town Planning at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK. Rather unusually, he was also a local councillor. He led the planning policy of Chelmsford Borough at the political level for 7 years culminating in a built environment quality award to the Council from the government. His specialism is urban design with notable publications in the field. He lives in a unit in the Brisbane city centre and does not own a car.
Date & time:Wednesday 13 May 2009
5.30pm - biscuits, coffee/tea
6.00pm - presentations & discussion
7.15pm - meeting concludes - enthusiastic participants are encouraged to continue discussion over dinner at another venue
Venue: Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Boardrooms, 134 Whitmore St (Swann Rd end), Taringa. Go to reception (off upper car park) & signs will direct from there.
Parking is available on site (upper car park- anywhere there is a space or lower car parks in the non reserved spaces).There's also plenty of nearby on-street parking (with no meters/time limit) at that time of day.
Who should attend: Any intelligent person interested in the common good.
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