Chapter 1 Introduction: the politics and practices of apartment living
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Apartment living is becoming the norm in cities around the world and when it is delivered through market mechanisms it is usually delivered as multi-owned housing. While it is well recognised that increasing residential densities influence people’s experiences of their dwellings as homes, the impact of the new forms of property ownership introduced to facilitate the market provision of apartments is less well understood. This book explores the politics and practices of apartment living and examines how different housing markets, development practices, planning regimes, legal structures and social and cultural norms affect people’s everyday experiences of living in apartment buildings, drawing on experiences from North America, Europe, Australasia, Asia and Africa. We need to understand these varied politics and practices of apartment living to ensure that people can live better together in this urban century.

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