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Including the majority: Examining the local social interactions of renters in four case study condominiums in Sydney

Abstract

Although an ever-increasing number of social interactions are taking place virtually, people’s relationships with their neighbors remain important. Apartment residents make up a growing proportion of the population in cities worldwide, but there is evidence that many find it challenging to form and maintain local social connections, especially those renting their home. This can negatively impact physical and mental health, and have implications for the management of apartment complexes and local area social sustainability. In this paper, we draw on interviews (n = 41) with renters of four large case study condominium complexes in Sydney, Australia, to investigate their local social interactions. The findings reveal that while many renters desire greater local connection, their opportunities and motivations are limited by factors relating to mobility, tenure security, prejudice, and exclusion from building-related governance. The paper concludes by considering the scope for interventions in design, management and governance to enhance opportunities for social connection.

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Thompson, Sian E.L.
Easthope, Hazel
Davison, Gethin

Oxford Brookes departments

School of the Built Environment

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Year of publication: 2022
Date of RADAR deposit: 2023-01-19


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