Residents evacuated from the Neo200 building in Melbourne were unaware of the fire risk posed by its cladding.
As more and more Australians live and work in high-rise buildings, their responsibilities and roles in ensuring all occupants' safety must not be neglected.
The 392 apartments in Opal Tower (centre) were evacuated on Christmas Eve when residents heard loud cracks and defects were found.
While Opal Tower residents are more badly affected than most, up to 80% of multi-unit buildings have serious defects. Here's what government can do right now to fix the industry.
Construction workers at Opal Tower on December 26, 1018.
Building defects in apartment blocks are far from unusual. We need to identify the systemic flaws contributing to them.
About 300 people were evacuated from Sydney’s Opal Tower after a loud cracking sound was heard on December 24 and a large crack appeared on the 10th floor.
It's tempting to blame building certifiers and the fact they are privately employed. But the cracks in the quality of our apartment buildings go deeper and can be fixed.
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For a nation in the grips of a housing crisis, you'd expect high-rise developments to be good news – unfortunately not.
More and more housing in city-centres is being bought or built for the short-term rental market.
There are a few tricks that architects use to make spaces appear bigger – and you can use them too.
Using mirrors, lighting and certain types of furniture can add the illusion of space to your otherwise tiny apartment.
A parking attendant strolls through a rooftop car park in Melbourne.
There are thousands of empty parking spots in cities. So what can we do to make better use of this space?
Areas with higher-density apartment living, such as Rhodes in Sydney, are home to many overseas-born residents.
The combination of higher-density living and increasing cultural diversity means we need to think about how to build social cohesion and make the most of the opportunities of apartment living.
A For Sale sign is shown outside a house under construction in a new subdivision in Beckwith, Ont., in January 2018.
Conventional wisdom suggests urban-dwelling millennials don’t want to live in the suburbs and don’t want to raise children in a two-bedroom downtown condo. Is it really true?
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If it's true millennials are being squeezed out of the housing market in some of Canada's biggest cities, here's what we can, and should, do about it.
Tobacco smoke is notoriously difficult to contain in higher-density housing.
Apartment residents need sensible smoking regulations that balance personal freedoms in the home and public health interests, but the law is letting them down.
Children being children can be loud, which creates challenges when they live in an apartment.
In Sydney, families with children now account for one in four households living in apartments. The expectations and design of apartments have not kept up with this rapid demographic change.
So much for context – authorities are allowing large out-of-place buildings in the higher-density retrofitting push.
Planners wish to correct past errors by increasing densities, discouraging car dependency and mixing land uses. But imposing imported strategies on Australian cities is producing unhappy results.
A photograph of Penn Station’s interior from the 1930s.
We asked five architecture experts to name one building or structure they wish had been preserved, but couldn't resist the tides of decay, development and discrimination.
Much of what is being built is straightforward ‘investor grade product’ – flats built to attract the burgeoning investment market.
The inexorable logic of the market will create suburban concentrations of lower-income households on a scale hitherto only experienced in the legacy inner-city high-rise public housing estates.
Melbourne, city of cranes.
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Melbourne has seen tens of thousands of new apartments constructed over recent years, and apartment brands are flourishing. We can see striking typographic similarities with another economic frenzy: the 1870s cattle boom.
Add up all the neglected costs of downsizing and retirees have good reason to be wary of making the move.
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Retirees are often urged to downsize to free up suburban properties for the next generation and for higher-density development. What's being ignored is the costs of moving into a unit or apartment.
The health benefits of being close to nature are well established.
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Health benefits of being close to nature are well established, but the rise of apartment living means we can't always be close to greenery.
Getting your strata committee to agree to solar panels is tricky, but it can be done.
Apartment-dwellers risk being left behind in the rooftop solar boom. But some projects are showing how apartments can join the transition to a distributed renewable energy future.
Planning policies in many cities advocate higher-density housing for reasons of sustainability and efficiency.
Research suggests stakeholders' understandings of urban consolidation vary. And they often subvert policies to suit their own ends.