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Reinterpreting Private Open Space

Questions the suitability of historic and contemporary housing forms in terms of open space provision.

It is argued that although private open space is a popular feature of most British housing, uniform provision of gardens fails to meet the variety of needs of people of different ages and stages of life. This results in unnecessarily low housing densities, and thus less compact urban forms with negative consequences for accessibility and car dependence.

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Article TitleReinterpreting Private Open Space
Article AuthorTim Pharoah
JournalUrban Design Autumn 2015


Housing density, open space, private open space, communal space, green space, housing form, parking versus open space, semi-private open space, housing design, urban design, social space, residential parking, housing density

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