I would be delighted to!
Originally Posted by Roody
I'll start with an overview of a portion of the Greater Hobart Area. I picked one of the shopping areas within one of our multi-use suburbs, and had a look around it for an empty lot which might work for a car-free/car-light apartment complex. And I found one. It's in a perfect location ... walking distance to just about everything you'd want, including public transportation.
I put a 30 x 30 metre apartment block on the site.
Of course, if I were considering doing this for real, I would investigate the zoning in the area to determine whether I could put residential there, and more specifically if I could put a multi-family residential development there. I would also check to see if there were any regulations on how tall a building could be, and would want to do a land survey, water survey, and several other related surveys. And of course there would be planning permits and building permits, and it's possible that something like that would have to go up before Council to get approval. For that, I would create a business case including all the benefits of placing such a building in that location, including details about demographics, etc. etc.
This is just an example of an approximate configuration of a 30 x 30 metre apartment block. In this configuration, I've opted to include a courtyard area which could be open or enclosed depending on the weather conditions of the area.
And finally ...
My suggestion of putting an apartment complex next to a shopping complex does not rule out the possibility of green spaces. You could surround the apartment complex on three sides with nature reserves, and the fourth side would be across the road from the shopping complex. Personally, I would not make the apartment complex car free, I would just make it really conveniently located to shopping and public transportation to encourage people to walk across the street to do their shopping, go to restaurants, go to movies, etc. rather than driving.
And as I mentioned before, this sort of thing does exist.
Here's an sketch of a shopping area. I've made it 200 x 200 metres because the shopping area in the google image above is about 150 x 150 metres. Just for fun, my hypothetical shopping area is a little larger. Of course, like most shopping areas, it would include grocery stores, department stores, hardware shops, large shops, small shops, beauty salons, medical centres, a movie theatre, library, restaurants, cafes, etc. etc. The usual stuff.
Hypothetically, there might be a large empty lot next to this shopping area. So I've plunked my 30 x 30 metre apartment building onto that empty lot, planted a lot of trees around, and ran a walking/cycling trail around the lot.