The project examines the interplay between apartment design policy, design outcomes, and residents’ health and wellbeing outcomes in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
Apartment buildings are being built across all major Australian cities, however different policy requirements apply and some states have minimal guidance. Could this have implications for the quality and equity of the housing provided, and for the health and wellbeing of residents? This project compares apartments developed in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in the last decade to assess whether more comprehensive apartment design requirements improve dwelling and building amenity, and in turn positively impact on residents’ health and wellbeing. Within each city, apartment residents in diverse neighbourhoods will be surveyed, and objective measures of apartment design and neighbourhood liveability generated to answer four research questions:
The projects findings will have the potential to identify the key health-enhancing design requirements that should be mandated or preserved in future apartment design codes.