Liveable Compact Cities Project

Principles for designing sustainable medium density infill housing for subtropical South-East Queensland.

The Liveable Compact Cities Project will help SEQ Councils plan for 374,000 new infill dwellings required under the SEQ Regional Plan by 2031, still ensuring that SEQ is a liveable, sustainable and prosperous region.

Campbell Newman, Councillor and Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman

Design guidelines were prepared for 4-8 storey apartment buildings in a suburban infill context that embrace the sub-tropical environmental conditions of the South-East Queensland Region. The project involved design studies in the area of Cleveland that produced illustrated guidelines for 10 principles of site-responsive and climate-responsive medium-density housing developments. The emphasis is on simple initiatives to improve liveability and sustainability in dwellings and the surrounding urban environment. The case-study designs and other preliminary design models provide examples of possible/exemplar outcomes and illustrate the composite nature of design thinking. The primary audience for the guidelines is developers and planners involved in assessing development applications.