High-density living gets a bad rap in Australia – largely because we’ve not been particularly good at it.
While cities like Singapore have led the way in establishing and maintaining communities in high-density developments, Australia has wrestled with the concept.
As a nation of paddocks and quarter-acre blocks, we’ve been slow to embrace the success of high-density builds that bring people together. An underlying barrier is the perception that apartments are not suitable to raise young children. As a result, we’ve held onto a culture of individualism over a more European and Asian dynamic, where multi-generations live under one roof.
In Singapore, elderly family members tend communal gardens for the younger generations to enjoy in the evenings and on weekends. While it’s not the norm for extended families to live together in Australia, there’s a case for it – the familiarity of childcare and aged care onsite.