The Character of Urban Intensification: A report on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council 2002-2010

Dovey, K and Woodcock, I 2011, The Character of Urban Intensification: A report on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council 2002-2010, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report The Character of Urban Intensification: A report on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council 2002-2010
Author(s) Dovey, K
Woodcock, I
Year of publication 2011
Publisher University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Urban Design
History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)
Architectural History and Theory
Abstract/Summary There were 6 key research questions: - How is urban or neighbourhood character experienced and understood in everyday life? - How are such experiences of character constructed in public discourse? - What is the relationship of character to urban morphology and built form? - How do the various forces for change impact upon urban character? - What is the role of architectural and design innovation in the creation of urban character? - What is the relationship between character and practices of urban regulation? The project reviewed all of the urban character studies and policies in Melbourne over the preceding 15 years. The focus was on a series of case studies in the Melbourne metropolitan area where either the creation or protection of 'character' has been an issue. Fieldwork utilizing urban design mapping techniques was conducted in six areas. Three were older neighbourhoods where urban character was being defended against change (Camberwell, Fitzroy and Hedgeley Dene) while the other three were new neighbourhoods created within the last decade, with a self-conscious desire to create urban character (Beacon Cove, Kensington Banks and Caroline Springs). In-depth interviews were conducted with key residents, planners, architects and developers. An overview of the case studies is provided in the following pages
Commissioning body University of Melbourne, Victorian State Government, Cities of Melbourne, Moreland and Yarra
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