TOWARDS BETTER RESIDENTIAL STREETS

The paper identifies problems with existing design practice for residential streets, shows why they arise, and proposes solutions. Examples are given to show that design standards are in general too high and in some cases even counter-productive; in other words, that residential streets are overdesigned. The consequences of this are analysed in an economic and sociological framework to show the following: first, present design practice wastes resources, principally of land but also of labour and construction materials; second, residential street design contributes significantly to inequity and social stratification in cities; third, existing design practice is environmentally damaging; lastly, it may inhibit the expression of legitimate lifestyles. The solution lies in encouraging lower design standards (consistent with the demands of public health and safety) and altering the institutional framework to remove the incentive to enforce over-design. /Author/TRRL/

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceeding of the 8th Conference of the Australian Road Research Board.
  • Corporate Authors:

    ARRB Group Ltd.

    Vermont South, Victoria  Australia 

    Australian Road Research Board

    P.O. Box 156
    Nunawading, Victoria 3131,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • ROCKLIFFE, N
    • PATERSON, J
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 8
    • Issue Number: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00164186
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1977 12:00AM