Is peaceful space harder to achieve as our cities densify? Probably, but all may not be lost. The properties of urban and suburban outdoor spaces that are conducive to peacefulness are easily negated by noise sources such as the car, chainsaw or leaf-blower, amongst other intrusions. Moreover, a culture of space is needed to nurture peacefulness, as with any social goal for an environment. So merely how space is shaped will never be sufficient to achieve this end but what, other things being equal, works? Let's consider two outdoor domestic environments whose space shaping moves have worked and try to see why.
Bio: Greg Bamford is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at The University of Queensland, where he teaches architectural design and people/environment studies. He has a PhD in Philosophy and his research interests include the social and environmental aspects of urban housing and neighbourhoods.