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The Role of Shared Living in Canberra’s Future Urban Design

Canberra’s future urban design framework will need to respond to several challenges, including a rapidly growing population with limited land, providing affordable housing options to all households, promoting more sustainable practices, and enhancing amenity and choice for residents. This report investigates the role of shared living in Canberra’s urban design mix as a response to these challenges, focussing on opportunities and challenges.

Shared living can exist in many forms and caters for a broad range of specific housing requirements. The report firstly situates shared living in its demographic and social context and defines its different forms. Second, the report identifies opportunities for shared living to contribute to better housing outcomes. Particular focus is drawn to the potential of shared living developments to address affordability, sociability and sustainability concerns, and how this can improve the choice and flexibility of Canberra’s housing stock. It thirdly considers planning and financing constraints to shared living arrangements.

The report finds that while shared living is not suited to everybody, it has a role in providing additional housing choice and flexibility to Canberra residents. There are opportunities to address Canberra’s future urban design challenges through planning framework adaptation.

The Alastair Swayn Internship 2021: The Alastair Swayn Internship Program is a joint initiative between the Alastair Swayn Foundation, the ACT Government and the University of Canberra

The Alastair Swayn Foundation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians on the land of which we work, the Ngunnawal people of the ACT. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.

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