Research

Weak Tie Relationships in High Density Residential Areas and the Types of Spaces Used to Maintain Them

Author or co-authors: Sian Thompson, Hazel Easthope, Gethin Davison

Published: proceeding of the State of Australian Cities Conference, Gold Coast, 9-11 December 2015

This paper has been peer reviewed

Keywords: Community, Liveability, Planning, Qualitative research/interviews,

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The next few decades will see a significant increase in high density development in strategic centres in Australian cities, if current city plans are put into practice. The social consequences of this shift towards higher density are profound and will have a significant impact on Australian cities’ social sustainability. This research provides insights into how people use spaces socially in high density, and which kinds of spaces are likely to facilitate the maintenance of weak ties. These findings can inform the design and planning of socially sustainable high density areas.

Making a Rental Property Home

Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope

Published: Housing Studies; v. 29; no. 5; pp. 279 - 296; 1466-1810 (ISSN)

This paper has been peer reviewed

Keywords: Equity, Policy, Rental housing,

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English-language literature on the relationship between home and dwelling has largely focused on the benefits of homeownership and (to a lesser extent) social rental in facilitating ontological security. Less consideration has been given to the experiences of private tenants. This paper draws on findings of a study on security of occupancy to discuss private renters' ability to exercise control over their dwellings in Australia vs. Germany. It discusses the limitations of Australian legislation, within its policy, market and cultural context, in enabling private tenants to exercise control.

Gardens in the sky: Emotional experiences in the communal spaces at height in the Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore

Author or co-authors: Philip Oldfield, Yuri Hadi, Tim Heath

This paper has been peer reviewed

Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

Keywords: Architecture, Design, Environment, Governance, Psychology,

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Highlights The experiences and emotions of skygarden users and stakeholders is explored. Management fear of anti-social behaviour increases at height. Stringent rules in the skygardens fuel a sense of frustration in the residents. A sense of contested ownership exists between residents and skygarden management. Skygardens provide an opportunity for escapism from dense vertical living.

Gatekeeping information in the multi-owned property environment: stymieing buyers’ rights to discover and decide

Author or co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Rebecca Leshinsky

Keywords: Governance, Home ownership, Information available to owners and residents, Law, Policy, Quantitative research/statistics,

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which gatekeepers of information stymie due diligence investigations in the multi-owned property environment. The study reviewed and analysed the relevant state legislative provisions providing statutory protections for (pre)purchasers of lots within the multi-owned property context. Further, an exploratory survey questionnaire was distributed to owners corporation (OC) managers in Victoria to gain knowledge and a greater understanding of the extent to which OC managers are gatekeepers of information.

Stakeholder engagement in Kelvin Grove Urban Village

Author or co-authors: Mirko Guaralda, Lewis Atkinson, Kirralie Houghton, Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Severine Mayere, Tan Yigitcanlar, Richard Medland

Funders: Kelvin Grove Urban Village Principal Body Corporate

Keywords: Community, Information available to owners and residents, Liveability, Sociology,

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The Kelvin Grove Principle Body Corporate has commissioned this Report. The objective is to gather a better understanding of the permanent and transient population of KGUV as well as to understand which communication strategies could work better to engage and interact with KGUV city dwellers. There is an additional research component of the project that investigates the lived and perceived space of KGUV and builds on previous research by Guaralda, Yigitcanlar, Caldwell and Houghton about knowledge communities, creative suburbs, placemaking and community engagement.