Tarsha Finney, UTS Senior Lecturer, Project for the City, writes for the National Times, SMH:

Domesticity, and its accompanying architectural fantasy, have driven urban development since the mid-19th century and most intensely since the 1950s.

It’s the dream that allows us to imagine our most intimate familial relationships, those between ourselves, our partner and our children inside a particular architectural form. It’s almost always a single family dwelling, on a fenced block, separated from its neighbours with little collective amenity beyond sewage, roads and electricity. There’s a back yard, sometimes a dog — we see it on Backyard Blitz and other renovation shows.  It comes to us from Grand Designs as much from New Idea. The American version has a picket fence and pitched roof like a child’s drawing. Our version is more likely to be a Federation semi, a Queenslander or a contemporary design as part of a land and house package on the edge of one of our capital cities.

But for Gen Y it appears that things have shifted. Research released last week entitled ”Why We Buy”, published by RAMS Home Loans and the market research firm, IPSOS, has shown that despite the increase in the value of residential property, young Australians still want to own their own home. But now, they are just as happy living in and buying apartments as they are houses.

This is exciting news for a couple of reasons………………….

Read the full article: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/love-thy-neighbour-gen-y-embraces-closeness-of-urban-living-20110613-1fztx.html