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Transit oriented planning for Activity Centres and Corridors in Australian cities envisions main thoroughfares which not only allow for vehicular movement but support a diverse range of human activities, not dissimilar from a traditional high street atmosphere. Typically the arrangement of these environments is dominated by vehicular movement and traffic capacity concerns resulting from decades of automobile focussed planning and development. Despite much practical research about the need to incorporate human activity or place objectives into the configuration of urban thoroughfares to realise a broader public realm function, the integration of these objectives into planning and design remains constrained, and this is particularly so in the urban areas of Perth. Whilst entrenched institutional barriers and governance arrangements have a substantial role in limiting the implementation of these objectives, planning and design guidance also appears insufficiently developed to enable these objectives to be incorporated into common practice. The research presented attempts to address this shortfall by improving the utility of Austroads’ movement and place framework for these types of urban thoroughfares, principally through clarifying the place dimension, but also by developing an additional framework to create greater precision in the definition of their spatial character. This work, and the broader research project of which it forms a part, is aimed at aligning planning and design efforts in order to help achieve the public realm vision encapsulated in Activity Centre and Corridor planning and enable strategic compact city planning objectives.

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