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Understanding the Importance of Front Yard Accessibility for Community Building: A Case Study of Subiaco, Western Australia

Version 1 : Received: 7 April 2018 / Approved: 8 April 2018 / Online: 8 April 2018 (11:29:30 CEST)

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Swapan, A.Y.; Marinova, D.; Bay, J.H. Understanding the Importance of Front Yard Accessibility for Community Building: A Case Study of Subiaco, Western Australia. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 41. Swapan, A.Y.; Marinova, D.; Bay, J.H. Understanding the Importance of Front Yard Accessibility for Community Building: A Case Study of Subiaco, Western Australia. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 41.

Journal reference: Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 41
DOI: 10.3390/urbansci2020041

Abstract

The residential built form, including open space, provides the physical environment for social interaction. Understanding urban open space, including semi-public and public domains, through the lens of physical accessibility and visual permeability can potentially facilitate the building of a sense of community contributing to a better quality of life. Using an inner-city suburb in Perth, Western Australia as a case study, this research explores the importance of physical accessibility patterns and visual permeability for socialising in semi-public and public domains, such as the front yard and the residential streets. It argues that maintaining a balance between public and private inter-relationship in inner city residential neighbourhoods is important for creating and maintaining a sense of community.

Subject Areas

community building; quality of life; built form typology; front-yard; physical accessibility; visual permeability; human behaviour

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