high density, mixed land use

The Compact City Revisited

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Issue number
Volume 36 – Number 1
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Guest editor: Nicola Dempsey
08 Apr 2014
Advocates of the compact city highlight the benefits of its relatively high density and mixed land use: an urban form which encourages walking and cycling, provides social and cultural vitality, with facilities in easy reach of residents and supports local businesses, as there is a larger population to serve. But is the compact city a relevant concept in the predominantly urban twenty-first century? This is an underlying question which contributors to this issue address from a number of different perspectives.


  • Revisiting the Compact City
    Nicola Dempsey 
  • High Urban Densities in Developing Countries: A Sustainable Solution?
    Seema Dave
  • Is there Room for Privacy in the Compact City?
    Morag Lindsay, Katie Williams and Carol Dair
  • Mixed Use Trade-offs: How to Live and Work in a ‘Compact City’ Neighbourhood
    Jo Foord
  • Designing a Liveable Compact City: Physical Forms of City and Social life in Urban Neighbourhoods
    Shibu Raman
  • Beyond Greenfield and Brownfield: The Challenge of Regenerating Australia’s Greyfi eld Suburbs
    Peter W. Newton
  • Adapting to Climate Change in the Compact City: The Suburban Challenge
    Katie Williams, Jennifer L.R. Joynt and Diane Hopkins 
  • The Future of the Compact City
    Nicola Dempsey and Mike Jenks