Journal article

The high life: A policy audit of apartment design guidelines and their potential to promote residents' health and wellbeing

Sarah Foster, Paula Hooper, Alexandra Kleeman, Erika Martino, Billie Giles-Corti

CITIES | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020


Globally, the rapid construction of apartments has ignited concerns about the quality and amenity of new housing, and the impact of poor design on residents. In Australia, different planning policies/guidelines for apartment development apply across states, however there has been no assessment of how these policies address health. We audited apartment design guidance for their inclusion of provisions that impact on health and wellbeing. Policies/guidelines (n = 10) were reviewed, including both current and proposed/superseded documents in states undergoing policy change to track policy progression. Requirements were extracted relating to health-promoting themes identified in the literature (..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Healthway Research Fellowship

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

SF is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) (DE160100140) and RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship, PH by a Healthway Research Fellowship (#32992) and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, and BGC by a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellowship (#1107672).