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Imagining optimum, not hyper, density: lessons learnt from high-density cases and a proposed framework for optimal-quality density

BySTEFFEN LEHMANN

The question of density is closely connected to urbanization and how our cities may evolve in the future. Density and compactness are two closely related but different criteria, both relevant for sustainable urban development and the transformation of cities; however, their relationship is not always well understood. While a high degree of compactness is desirable, too much density can be detrimental to liveability, health and urban well-being.