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Sustainability 2018, 10(6), 1703; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10061703

Built Form and Community Building in Residential Neighbourhoods: A Case Study of Physical Distance in Subiaco, Western Australia

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Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University, Building 209, Bentley, Perth, WA 6102, Australia
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School of Design & the Built Environment, Curtin University, Bentley, Perth, WA 6102, Australia
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Received: 20 April 2018 / Revised: 20 May 2018 / Accepted: 21 May 2018 / Published: 23 May 2018
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Abstract

With physical and social aspects being inseparable within urban environments, design for sustainability needs to include the link between the distance and sense of community. However, only a few studies examine residential suburbs and specifically focus on the physical and social interactions occurring within the streets and adjacent to them spaces, such as verges, sidewalks and front yards. Using a case study method, including observation and a perception-based survey in the inner-city suburb of Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia, this investigation opens up a new understanding of physical distance and social interaction. It develops a novel typology of physical distances and social closeness within a residential neighbourhood which allows better conceptualising the sense of community for achieving integrated sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: social sustainability; sense of community; quality of life; community building; built form typology; front yard; street; communication; social interaction; distance; closeness; social bonding social sustainability; sense of community; quality of life; community building; built form typology; front yard; street; communication; social interaction; distance; closeness; social bonding
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Swapan, A.Y.; Bay, J.H.; Marinova, D. Built Form and Community Building in Residential Neighbourhoods: A Case Study of Physical Distance in Subiaco, Western Australia. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1703.

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