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Melbourne’s Dwelling Structure

In any major city there will be a number of housing types ranging from separate (detached) houses, semi-attached terrace or townhouses, flats, units, apartments and other inhabited dwellings such as caravans and cabins. In fact dwelling structure information is often a good indicator of a cities urban form and density.

In Melbourne, Australia it is widely understood that the most common form of dwelling is the separate house and may explain why Melbourne has quite an extensive footprint. However as Melbourne’s population continues to grow a further mix of housing types will be required to accommodate the growth.

Using the 2012 release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data we were able to visualise the current state of Melbourne’s dwelling structure and specifically how the different types of housing are distributed across the metropolitan area.

We specifically utilised a dot density map so that we were able to easily visualise the amount of different housing types for a given area. It should also be noted that each single dot represent 25 dwellings and that the closer the dots are, the higher the density of housing type for that area.

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Cities of the World Web-map

We’ve all seen maps showing the largest cities in the world based on population density, but I was curious to just see where all the human settlements were regardless of density. This web-map, created with data from Natural Earth, shows the web of settlements and their geo-political (generalised) boundaries. Europe and North America are the far more interesting areas, with the density of settlements creating colourful constellations across the black background.