Conference proceedings

City nature and environment: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Australasian cities are hotspots where increased urbanisation and nature collide, hotspots for threatened biodiversity and degradation. Papers in this track provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to learn from each other, as well as position and present Australasian research on city and nature with...
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Thinking musically about garden design for a more immersive experience

This paper introduces the idea of ‘composing’ the soundscape of a space through a musical process. With a focus on aural experience in gardens, the project is establishing what types, combinations and intensities of sounds offer interest and distraction and capture unconscious and conscious attention.
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Key ecological factors of Urban Green Space (UGS) planning for sustainable cities

In this study most affecting factors for ecological sustainability of the cities that can be achieved by Urban Green Space (UGS) planning and design will be discussed, and the most important and key factors will be presented based on international survey drown by international UGS...
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“On private land we’re fighting a losing battle”: local government officer perspectives on urban forest management in the private realm

This paper reports on a survey of local government urban forest professionals across Australia conducted in July 2020. Focusing on qualitative data from Likert scale and open-ended questions the authors interrogate the barriers and potential enablers to improved urban forest management on private land.
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Centring, rather than connecting with, nature

This paper argues that the ‘living with nature’ movement and technocratic responses, such as Nature-based Solutions, are ideological fantasies of curation. Instead, this paper maintains that ecosystems must become the frames and bases for decision-making.
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Veggies in verges: a policy inventory for footpath food gardens across Greater Sydney

This case study examines attitudes of councils towards verge gardening in Greater Sydney. The research questions include: What are council attitudes towards edible plants in verge gardening? Are the policy approaches cautious and risk averse or explicitly aiming to reduce barriers?
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On edge: multi-benefit, nature-based climate adaptation for towns on the Great Ocean Road

This paper reports the results of a 2021 Monash University collaborative Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning and Design Studio, where students speculated on ways to address climate change adaptation in the small coastal towns Skenes Creek, Apollo Bay and Marengo on the...
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Emerging empirical insights on the potential of green infrastructure to mitigate heat stress and improve access, inclusion, and safety in Australian aged care facilities

This paper provides emerging empirical insights on the potential of green infrastructure to mitigate heat stress and improve access, inclusion, and safety in Australian aged care facilities (ACFs). It concludes that green infrastructure offers many strategic benefits in ACFs, but these are typically overlooked in...
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Unpacking representations of ‘the environment’ in local government environmental discourses

This research explores environmental discourses of local councils situated in the Merri Creek catchment in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, a settler-colonial country.
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The urban heat island in Australian city planning

Extreme heat associated with the Urban Heat Island (UHI) and future climate change will have a disproportional geographic and demographic impact across a city. This research investigates Australian cities' strategic plans for heat reduction to maintain their liveability towards heat stress from the UHI effect.