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If you pay attention to development and growth trends, you may have heard the term "urban densification" before, but what does it mean? Simply put, it is the densification of spaces, but done the right way it can provide many benefits. 

 

Jonathan D. Solomon, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Hong Kong University about a concept known as "urban densification" which suggests the most socially and environmentally sustainable way to build homes today is to make them more compact and closer together, but can also serve to preserve communities and public spaces. [CNN]

When it's done right, densification offers benefits to the economy and lifestyles of citizens. Not to mention, property values are usually highest in urban centres, so investment opportunities are present as well. 

 

This concept can also be a great way to manage a city's growth, urban sprawl and developing further and further outwards has its own set of challenges. 

 

A compact, efficient city can make the most of its infrastructure and support a wider range of housing choices. Calgary’s population could nearly double by 2041. Densification will help us to build a city that remains vital and liveable. [Smarter Growth]

 

What urban densification really looks like in practice is a mixed-use community, one that offers diverse housing options, commercial space, multi-generational, pedestrian-friendly—all the things an ideal neighbourhood offers. Different types of housing can be present in communities like this, such as infills, apartments, attached homes, townhomes, laneway housing, etc. 

 

A great example of this type of community would be Marda Loop and the revitalization and growth happening in that area. 

 

Think of famous cities around the world—most have thriving high-density areas. Healthy urban densification is the key to creating these desirable, exciting and prosperous communities. [Smarter Growth]

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