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A case for density?
well, maybe

Michael Edwards
m.edwards@ucl.ac.uk Bartlett School of Planning
but….



• …NOT supporting every density increment
• …NOT for everyone (people vary)
• …NOT at the expense of quality
Arguments…



• land saving: weak argument, cf Peter Hall
• supporting local services, (do we know?)
   – and what about dwellings empty on the night?
• meeting need/demand for
   – larger rooms, apartments, houses
   – home-office
   – car pools
• supporting non-car modes of travel (do we know?)
questions:

• how do densities affect service support?
• how do densities affect modal choice?
• density and social class
• density and building energy, water re-use, bio-diversity
• sumarising: what is the desideratum? saving land, energy,
  local services
• how to do it in conservation areas?
• how to measure it: dwellings/persons / hr / m2
Sources

Sustainable Urban Development
       how we could produce it
       how we could pay for it
The key issues for research

Michael Edwards, Nikos Karadimitriou,
Claudio de Magalhães, Khalil Rehman
Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
March 2003

For the RICS Foundation

www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/research/planning/ricsf/

				
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