Precinct‐scale Innovation and the Sharing Paradigm

John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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Building Urban Resilience Through Change of Use, 2018, pp. 21 - 37
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Urban infill development provides high‐density housing on former industrial precincts in well‐serviced areas of many cities over the past few years. This chapter focuses on how urban infill developments can support one particular set of social innovations‐the emergence of a sharing paradigm. Sharing resources, goods and services can enhance urban resilience by reducing demand for new materials and infrastructure, supporting local economies, and enhancing social networks. One of the most obvious intersections between the sharing paradigm and urban resilience is in development of cohousing. Current urban form is biased towards provision of private dwelling spaces. By sharing spaces such as communal kitchens, living areas, laundries and gardens, cohousing developments make more efficient use of space and materials. At the same time, they provide spaces in which social interaction is actively nurtured.
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