URBANBACKYARD is an AJ+C urban design research project that is investigating the ability of courtyard building forms to provide increased liveability for families with children in high density urban environments. While it is recognised that family sized housing, child supports and an child friendly public domain are essential components for family friendly housing, our contention is that a 4th need exists to ensure that communal outdoor space within apartment developments are suitable for children’s play.
THE URBANBACKYARD IS AN AJ+C URBAN RESEARCH PROJECT THAT is investigating AN AUSTRALIAN MODEL FOR HIGH DENSITY APARTMENT LIVING USING THE COURTYARD BUILDING FORM TO PROVIDE A BACKYARD FOR KIDS WITH TREES TO CLIMB, A CUBBY AND A LAWN TO PLAY CRICKET.
URBANBACKYARD is investigating issues of communal garden dimensions, solar access, utility, impacts on common amenity and ease of supervision by parents as well as how these design criteria will impact the scale of the building block, the connectivity of the public domain, building typologies and implications for shared open space under strata/community title. The research is to be future minded in terms of sustainability, affordability and social issues. Existing planning paradigms may be challenged where appropriate and will not be assumed to be fixed givens.
AS THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES LIVING IN APARTMENTS CONTINUES TO GROW IN AUSTRALIA, THE URBANBACKYARD AJ+C URBAN RESEARCH PROJECT IS SEEKING TO UNDERSTAND WHY HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENTS ARE OFTEN PERCEIVED AS UNSUITABLE PLACES FOR CHILDREN TO GROW AND WHAT IS NEEDED TO CHANGE THIS PERCEPTION.
URBANBACKYARD survey is seeking your opinion to understand whether you believe apartment living is able to deliver the basic needs of children while living and growing in high density environments since, increasingly, urban dwellers are reluctant to trade off the lifestyle advantages of city living when children come into a family. We are interested in:
1. What it would take for parents and future parents, currently living in an apartment, to forgo a move to the suburbs to bring up children in a high density residential environment
2. What it would take for those living in a lower density residential environment to move to a higher density residential environment
3. What residents of a high density residential environment feel about living in close proximity with family friendly housing.
The survey will take approximately 10 minutes.