Compacting the city centre: densification in two Newcastles

Bob Giddings*, Robert J Rogerson

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Abstract

Coherence of city form and consistency throughout the city centre are important objectives, and great differences in density disturb this unity. The city centre is not a project, but a continuous process. Thus, it benefits from fine grain developments on the principle of a rich built environment being generated through small contributions by numbers of people over time. A concept is proposed that densification has positive outcomes up to a point at which negative effects begin to occur. Density is readily measured, but the question remains where the balance point is for each city. There is also a notion that negative impacts may occur before a stipulated density is realised. Support is needed to develop a virtual city model for all cities, and funding to advance city information modelling for all aspects of sustainability, to encourage optimum levels of densification to be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185–202
Number of pages18
JournalBuildings & Cities
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2021

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