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David Nichols

Conference paper

Tracing the 'zombification' of undeveloped estates in greater Melbourne and its outlying regions

The ‘zombie subdivision’ is a phenomenon identified by the Lincoln Institute as ‘once- promising projects’ now ‘distressed’, with the fulfilment of plans or visions for the site effectively stalled. Services such as water, electricity, and roads are often absent in these areas, leaving them partially-...
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What’s it all about, Monarto?

In December 1974, when the Monarto Development Commission’s Town Planning Division asked this question, the new town of Monarto – arguably Australia’s last such project to date – had less than a year left as a serious proposition. Monarto was to be South Australia’s second...
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"It’s easier to be yourself in the city"

Residents of the regional city of Swan Hill, Victoria have long held an ambivalent attitude to their state capital, Melbourne. Reviewing present-day Swan Hill and particularly the cultural life of its youth — the demographic section of the population which primarily is seen to constitute...
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No Maccas in the hills!

The rise of the ‘fast food’ concept as it is understood in the 21st century is the result of a series of calibrations enacted over decades by business, society and technology. The expansion of fast food franchising has paralleled social and environmental change, particularly since...
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Rooms for the memory: the 30-year iconic legacy of Dogs in Space

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Richard Lowenstein’s acclaimed Dogs in Space, a fictionalized cinematic memoir of nominal bohemians in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. Set 6-8 years before the film’s release, Lowenstein utilised genuine participants in the events/milieu depicted, as well as key locations...