Illustration: Alice Oehr

Following the Victorian government’s announcement that it will reopen the discussion on apartment design standards, residential property developer Assemble has launched a survey to understand what people want out of medium- and high-density living.

The National Small Footprint Living survey asks people how they live now and how they would like to live in the future.

“The quarter-acre block we once aspired to is no longer affordable for most Australians, nor does it match up to our 21st century vision for well-connected, culturally diverse, sustainable and smart cities,” Assemble director Ben Keck said.

“To live better in cities, we need to live smaller. However, the capacity to do so is necessarily affected by government regulation. The Victorian and NSW governments are currently reviewing policies that will have a significant impact on the way we live in years to come, and we have a chance to be part of the process.”

Mr Keck said through the survey the developer hoped to influence policymaking, “but also to provide a useful resource to assist decision-making by homebuyers, renters, developers, planners, architects and city-lovers alike”.

“This is a vital, complicated and passionate debate for our cities,” he said. “There don’t appear to be any silver bullet solutions. Close consultation between government and the property, planning and architecture communities will be necessary to strike the delicate balance of encouraging new and affordable apartment supply and a high standard of living for current and future generations.”

The survey is estimated to take between 15 and 25 minutes, with a prize for one lucky respondent of a weekend away at Hotel Hotel in Canberra’s NewActon precinct with capital city return flights.

Assemble is soon set to create a small footprint residential development.

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