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Stuck in a Cul-de-Sac? Suburban History and Urban Sustainability in Australia


Davison, AG, Stuck in a Cul-de-Sac? Suburban History and Urban Sustainability in Australia, Urban Policy and Research, 24, (2) pp. 201-216. ISSN 0811-1146 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08111140600704137


Debate about urban sustainability is in some danger of splitting into narrow, technical disagreements in which value-laden questions about the purposes, meanings and lived reality of cities are easily lost. As one way of anchoring debate about urban futures in foundational questions, this article focuses on the history of suburban ambivalence towards modern development that has helped shape Australian cities. This history offers important insights into contemporary suburban aspirations and environmentalist critique of them. It is presented here as a contribution to efforts to constitute urban sustainability as viable democratic projects built on more than expert discourses of efficiency and risk. © 2006 Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:History and theory of the built environment (excl. architecture)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:40371
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-09-12
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