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Changing neighbourhood character in Melbourne: Point Cook a case study


Tewari, S and Beynon, D, Changing neighbourhood character in Melbourne: Point Cook a case study, Journal of Urban Design, 23, (3) pp. 456-464. ISSN 1469-9664 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13574809.2017.1383152


In the past two decades, Melbourne has been subjected to diverse pressures due to its changing scale and function within the global system of cities. Among many other features of the new phase in Melbourne’s urban transformation are its new suburbs which have proliferated in large numbers at the city’s urban fringe. Characteristic of these suburbs is a new urban character which has evolved as a by-product of a pre-defined and controlled mechanism in planning, design and implementation of housing developments. The objective of this paper is to investigate the process that determines the evolution of this new character; examining the role of local planning authorities and developers in shaping the built environment. Firstly, the paper discusses the definition of neighbourhood character and its interpretation among academics, policy makers, planners, urban designers, developers and real estate agents. Then in a three-step process the nature, quality and style of neighbourhood character in Point Cook are investigated through analysis of Council policies and through review of developer statements on character building and place-making. Lastly to understand how the idea of character is constructed and enacted by local residents of Point Cook, a survey was administered for the residents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:neighbourhood character, built environment
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Beynon, D (Associate Professor David Beynon)
ID Code:135397
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2019-10-17
Last Modified:2019-11-18

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