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The High Life Study  |  September 2019 Update
High Life Study Update

The High Life Study, a collaborative project undertaken by RMIT University and the University of Western Australia, examines the interplay between apartment design policy, the design and location of apartment buildings, and residents’ health and wellbeing outcomes. 

We recently invited residents to tell us about their apartment, health and wellbeing via our study survey (distributed to apartment buildings in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney).

We were thrilled with the response. Over 1300 people completed our survey, providing us with valuable feedback and insight into their experiences.

To all the residents who participated, and to the architects, developers and local government representatives who offered their support, we'd like to extend a very big thank you!

Chief Investigator Interview

'Can the design of an apartment affect your mental health?'

Chief Investigator Dr Sarah Foster from RMIT University talks with Domain about the High Life Study, and why it's so important to get high-density design 'right'.

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Measuring Up!

The High Life measurement team have been hard at work at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre in Perth poring over apartment plans, sections and elevations.

The team are reviewing key criteria such as window sizes, views, room proportions and access to sunlight, amongst many, many others! 

As a result of their efforts (and the team at RMIT in Melbourne) data collection has now finished measuring up 113 buildings nation-wide. Go team!

Farewell Clover

We would like to congratulate our Study Coordinator, Clover Maitland, who recently accepted a position with the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer at Cancer Council Victoria.

Given her background in health promotion, evaluation, research and management, her new role is a perfect fit for someone with Clover's skills and passions. 

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her and for her invaluable contribution to the High Life Study. 

We wish Clover all the best on her future endeavours - she will be missed!

Competition Winners

We offered residents who completed our survey the chance to win Coles and Myer group gift vouchers (each valued at $200).

A big congratulations to the lucky prize draw winners across Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Happy spending!

Study Protocol

We recently published a High Life protocol paper in BMJ Open detailing the study rationale, data collection process and analysis plan.

The paper can be viewed in full via the link below.

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Reality Check

With a growing number of Australian homeowners opting for the ‘high life’, the team at the Australian Urban Research Design Centre are researching a timely question:

How does the marketed ‘highlife’ of apartment living compare to the on-ground reality and residents’ perceptions of their building and neighbourhood? 

We aim to deconstruct the ‘sizzle that has sold the steak’. Thereby, answering questions around whether promoted marketing information has helped or hindered consumers in making housing choices that genuinely satisfied their expectations and needs.

PhD Profile

Alexandra is a PhD candidate with the High Life Study, and is situated in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University.

As part of her PhD, she has developed tools to asses the design and quality of communal areas in apartment buildings. 

Her PhD will examine whether the quality of these areas has an impact on neighbouring and loneliness.

Follow the link below to view her full profile.

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Find Out More

The research centres behind the High Life Study are:

- Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University 

- Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia

To find out more, follow the links below.

Centre for Urban Research
Australian Urban Design Research Centre

Building 15, Level 3, RMIT University, 124 LaTrobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000
ph 03 9925 1081 | e

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