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Socializing in the suburbs: relationships between neighbourhood design and social interaction in low-density housing contexts

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posted on 01.01.2020, 00:00 authored by Zainab Ibrahim Abass, Fiona AndrewsFiona Andrews, Richard TuckerRichard Tucker
This study investigates interrelationships between correlates of social interaction, levels of social activity and common neighbourhood design characteristics of low-density suburbs. Qualitative and quantitative methods were combined. Analysis of 247 surveys of residents in three low-density Australian suburbs confirmed interrelationships between levels of social activity, social interaction correlates and five groups of physical characteristics: (1) street layout, (2) pedestrian environment, (3) neighbourhood connectivity, (4) public space provision and (5) dwelling form. After allowing for the effect of socio-demographic and social proclivity selection factors, street type, tree coverage and provision of open space were found to significantly predict Neighbourhood Contentment.

History

Journal

Journal of urban design

Volume

25

Issue

1

Pagination

108 - 133

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1357-4809

eISSN

1469-9664

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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