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Selective memories, sanitised futures: constructing visions of future place in inner Sydney


Searle, G and Byrne, JA, Selective memories, sanitised futures: constructing visions of future place in inner Sydney, Urban Policy and Research, 20, (1) pp. 7-25. ISSN 0811-1146 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08111140220131573


The contemporary remaking of inner city Pyrmont–Ultimo in Sydney is analysed in terms of the visions of planners, developers, politicians and residents. Developers and government agencies selectively remembered the blue-collar history of this place in their place marketing efforts. These ‘memories’ were sanitised to make them more appealing to contemporary lifestyle-oriented residential markets. The need to sanitise and repackage particular urban places can be regarded, following Bourdieu, as a strategy of the field of planners and developers, as they struggle to gain ascendency in the game of land and property development. Their ‘feel for the game’, it is argued, is reflective of a ‘planning habitus’.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:planning habitus, inner Sydney redevelopment, gentrification, urban development corporations
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Urban design
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Byrne, JA (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125334
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-04-13
Last Modified:2018-08-20

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