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Title: Families in flats, revisited
Authors: Appold, S.
Yuen, B. 
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Appold, S., Yuen, B. (2007). Families in flats, revisited. Urban Studies 44 (3) : 569-589. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: High-rise flats occupy an ambiguous position in contemporary discussions of urbanism. While allowing for densely populated walking environments, they are widely seen as culturally inappropriate and, whether based on theories of life cycle or lifestyle, especially unsuitable for families with children. Despite the frequent discussion, empirical research into the impact of housing on daily life is rare and, because of strong selection effects, lacks generalisability. The high-rise flats of Singapore provide the opportunity for a natural experiment isolating the impact of neighbourhood density from domestic density in that the prevalence of high-rises with large flats makes it possible to isolate the treatment effects of apartment living on families from the selection effects of housing choice. On the basis of comparisons of adult time-use diaries across household types and societies, it is concluded that the direct effect of apartment living on families is minimal. Nevertheless, planning and management issues along with broader economic and fertility trends will probably moderate any potential movement of families into flats.
Source Title: Urban Studies
ISSN: 00420980
DOI: 10.1080/00420980601131860
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