Incremental intensification: transit-oriented re-development of small-lot corridors

The imperative to redesign car-dependent cities for a low-carbon future requires that we engage with the challenge of increasing densities along existing road-based transit corridors and within the constraints of existing morphologies. Such corridors are often lined with small lots that are valued for their functional mix and urban character. This paper explores the degree to which small and narrow lots constrain urban intensification through a study of a series of tram corridors in Melbourne. We examine the impact of site area, shape and access conditions as mediators of development densities. Except in the extreme, small and narrow lots have not prevented intensification that is substantial in its accumulated effect and is less damaging to urban character than large lot development. Lots with a single street frontage are being intensified, but in a manner that is likely to entrench car-dependency and prevent functional mix. The paper discusses the intersections between issues of density, mix and access as well as tensions between car-dependency, intensification and urban character.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: State of Australian cites national conference 2015, 9-11 December, Gold Coast, Queensland: SOAC conference proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01599139
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781925455038
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 18 2016 3:59PM