Design in Density – The Key to Achieving the Desired Outcome for a "Livable City"

Matthew Khoo
Deputy Manager Director
ICD Property, Melbourne

Melbourne’s population is growing, and its supply of affordable housing is dwindling. If we stop undermining high-density developments, we can sustain our position as the "World’s Most Livable City." This presentation explored why we should introduce design-focused policy instead of density-focused policy, so we don’t discourage high-density developments. We should reject policies such as floor-area ratios that are rigid and undermine the development economics, and therefore the design innovation of a site, limiting its potential to address sustainable living. If we want to achieve the desired outcomes for a "livable city," we should unlock the full potential of inner-city sites. The increased supply of apartments will reduce prices, making it easier for people to break into the market. Higher-density development has a positive impact on retail trade and government infrastructure investment. This presentation suggested more emphasis needs to be put on innovative design that maximizes the livability of high-density developments, enhances natural light, and best utilizes space. Vertical living is the answer to population growth. Melbourne can learn from high-rise cities such as Singapore, New York and Hong Kong to understand the livability benefits of quality high-density developments.

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