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City Living – adapting to urban density

Series 5 · Episode 1

Australia is one of the most urbanised nations of the world with 87% of the national population living in urban areas and 63.3% in our capital cities. It’s a trend that started last century as urban life became more comfortable and it’s one that is accelerating as family sizes decrease and the number of single people rises. This trend influences our architecture, the layout of our homes, our gardens, our eating habits... our whole way of life. In this episode we look at how those influences manifest themselves and how they compare in other countries. Money's Worth: There's nothing we Aussies love more than to whinge about the price of real estate. We've just come out of a boom that has seen the average house price more than double to $250,000... but of course it's even higher in our major cities where 250k would barely buy you a car park space. Shannon and Brendan visit Tasmania, Tokyo, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Llublijana to find out how our prices compare to other cities. Insider Bites: Trudi Jenkins, Tone Wheeler, Bill Granger, Brian Parkes and Ed Lippmann give their take on city living. Food On The Go: People in cities tend to be so busy all the time they don't have time to eat good, healthy food. Pete shows how with a little effort you can eat both quickly and well. Recipes include a tomato and bocconccini salad, pumpkin and coconut milk soup and Vietnamese rice paper rolls. City Gardens: One of the first things to go in the urban jungle is the green space. Brendan looks at innovative ways of incorporating gardens into densely populated areas. He looks at a vertical garden at Casa Camper in Spain, Allotment Gardens in Denmark (Danes have the highest number of allotments in the world) and a rooftop garden in Tokyo. Love Hotel: The Japanese have had to come up with clever ways to cope with the lack of personal space in their big cities. One of their more eccentric reactions to the lack of intimate space is the Love Hotel! Street Food: In cities there's always a demand for food on the run. Pete, Brendan and Shannon take a quick look at what's popular around the globe – meat pies at Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Sydney, food balls in Spain, hot dogs in Denmark and ramen noodles in Japan.
 
 

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