Journal article

At home with diversity in medium-density housing

R Fincher, H Gooder

Housing, Theory and Society | Published : 2007


Drawing on the narratives of housing providers (planners, architects and developers) this paper describes views of "home" attributed to medium-density housing in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. The principal dimension of home envisaged for those living in medium-density housing is their close encounter with diverse neighbours and environments. This contrasts with the "home" seen as appropriate for "families" (understood as adults with dependant children) which is the suburban house with surrounding bounded land, and with the form of belonging claimed for high-rise apartment dwellers in the city, which is the exciting world outside the apartment, of lifestyle and cosmopolitan consumption. We ..

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