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Urban Network living

The Urban Taskforce has commissioned McCrindle to undertake research into apartment lifestyles in Sydney and to compare this with detached house living. Their report titled “Sydney Lifestyle Study - Redefining Sydney's urban lifestyles” uses 2016 Census data and an online survey of 1,500 Sydneysiders representing apartment dwellers and detached house dwellers to understand the demographic profile and characteristics of people living in apartments in Sydney.

January 2018


Sydney Lifestyle Study - Redefining Sydney's urban lifestyles


Developers failing to build apartments for Australian families, leading architect claims

Families and children are being excluded from apartment-living, or are having to suffer in grossly unsuitable units, because developers have failed to take notice of their needs, a leading international architect has claimed.

by Sue Williams
Nov 7, 2017


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The many advantages of vertical livinG

Sydney's becoming a vertical city, and not just because the lockout laws have made it harder to get horizontal. By 2024, detached houses will be in the minority, according to demographers McCrindle. It's all about apartments, baby – and apartments with babies, too.

by Dom Knight
Dec 12, 2017

Sydney Morning Herald

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Connecting Children, Youth....

“Families are an essential part of achieving the demographic balance in a community that makes it vibrant, resilient and complete. Ensuring that there are appropriate housing options, support services,and recreational and cultural amenities to support family creation and well-being is needed to attract and retain families in the City.”


City of North Vancouver
"Child , Youth + Family Friendly Strategy"

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Homes for People : housing strategy

This Housing Strategy, Homes for People, is an evidence based strategy to enable Melbourne City to achieve their  “established aspiration for an inner and central city where housing is affordable, well-designed and meets the diverse needs of our residents.”

It notes that “While projected growth of family households is relatively low, many of the inner city schools are at, or close to, capacity suggesting more families with children are moving into the central city than market-led projections.”
by City of Melbourne

Homes for People : Housing Strategy

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Vertical Living Kids – Creating supportive high rise environments for children in Melbourne

This report presents the findings of “Vertical Living Kids”, an 18 month research project which ran from July 2008 to December 2009 and was funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). The research had two objectives: to explore the physical and social environmental determinants of Children’s Independent Mobility (CIM - the ability of children, in this case children aged 8-12, to autonomously explore public space) in central Melbourne high rise housing; and to uncover international best practice planning policy for these communities.

by Whitzman, C. and Mizrachi, D.

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

Vertical Living Kids

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city futures

Children in the Compact City: Fairfield as a suburban case study.

Paper Commissioned by the Australian
Research Alliance for Children and Youth

by Bill Randolph
October 2006

Children in the Compact City

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Guidelines for Children
in the Outdoor Residential Environment

This Working Paper provides a set of guidelines for the design of the outdoor environments at
Burswood Lakes to accommodate the needs of children in the ‘middle childhood’ age range
(ages five to twelve) they have been designed to assist Mirvac Fini and it’s consultants in the
preparation of the landscape Master Plan for this site.

by Dr Wendy Sarkissian and Yollana Shore
with Sam La Rocca

Guidelines for Children in the OutdoorResidential Environment

Dr Wendy Sarkissian Website





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