Parks

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Conference paper

Mapping Melbourne’s parklets: understanding the capacities of street spaces

A parklet is a small, barrier-protected space which temporarily transforms kerbside parking space for public use. This paper maps and analyses 594 parklets across metropolitan Melbourne, identified from aerial surveys and field observation, and examines a range of urban design factors across various scales that...
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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.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into environmental infrastructure for growing populations

Historically, Melbourne and Victoria’s regional centres have provided residents with access to parks and open space that has been the envy of the world. This report examines many factors relevant to the current and future provision of environmental infrastructure in Melbourne and in Victoria's growing...
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Through a local governance lens: divergent and convergent perspectives of effective urban greenspace provision

While municipal government is most often at the heart of local urban greenspace provision, delivery depends upon internal as well as external factors which can act as disruptors. Drawing upon two case studies, this paper examines which factors most affect urban greenspace in two fast...
Report

Common goals, different approaches

As American communities face increasing levels of social and economic division, this report showcases how five U.S. cities are reimagining public spaces—parks, trails, plazas, libraries—to bring residents together and revive neglected neighborhoods.
Briefing paper

Nature based solutions for urban liveability: critical policy brief

This briefing draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s urban greening, biodiversity and liveability research community to inform policy makers and the wider community on the critical opportunities nature-based solutions offer in enhancing liveability.
Case study

Greening the pipeline - Williams Landing

A design that showcases the potential of disused infrastructure in providing community open space with an integrated stormwater design. Greening the Pipeline is the transformation of a heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer reserve into a 27km linear park in Melbourne’s west. The project is delivered...
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Urban parks and open space: underpinning a city's future resilience

As pressures of urban development and renewal impact the fabric of contemporary cities, parks and open space are increasingly under threat, which is compounded by the general lack of strategic open space planning at the state level. Simultaneously, as cities compete to attract global companies...
Case study

The South Bank rain bank case study: Urban stormwater irrigating Brisbane’s iconic parkland

Illustrated case study reporting on South Bank Rain Bank. The case study gives the status of the development, the drivers, the new technology used, the costs, the outcomes and the lessons learned.
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Cherished sites of remembrance: soldiers’ memorial gardens

During and after World War 1 communities around Australia constructed memorials of various types to remember their deceased, missing and returned soldiers. The memorials ranged from physical monuments like statues and buildings to arboreal sites including trees planted in avenues of honour. In South Australia...
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Where should we put the memory?

For nearly 200 years Australia’s urban public parks and gardens have been used for the public display of memory. This is manifested most frequently in three iconographic customs: special landscaping, naming, and the placement of commemorative and historical artefacts. From the statue of New South...
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Healing the harbour foreshore

Barangaroo Reserve, part of the redevelopment of the former container wharves at East Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, is a major project in an iconic location. Originally proposed to be a hard-edged landscape which retained evidence of the site’s industrial past, dramatic changes in the NSW...
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Shifting discourses in landscape

Urban parks are valued by residents and tourists alike as they are a pleasant juxtaposition from the intensity of the surrounding city. But parks haven’t necessarily been considered in the same economic or political terms as other parts of the city. In recent years, the...
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Urban parks, urban icons?

This paper explores the question of how urban parks function as urban icons. It examines Bicentennial Park in Homebush Bay, 12 km west of the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) as a case study. Bicentennial Park was planned and designed between 1983 and 1988, a...
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Cooling cities with green space: a policy analysis framework

This paper provides an overview of the urban heat island effect, and urban greenery’s role in its mitigation.
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Public greenspaces and crime: an analysis of crime timing and public greenspace amenities

Public greenspace is a common feature in urban environments that can provide and promote social and physical well-being, yet they can also encourage deviant or criminal behaviour. This study empirically constructs a typology of greenspace types from spatially integrated local council assets registers, crime incident...
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Urbanising nature: a political ecology case study of Sydney Park

Drawing on evidence in planning documents and design reports, this paper documents the various ways in which formations and recreations of ‘nature’ were articulated, modified and inscribed into and onto Sydney Park between 1979 and 2010 to direct specific social, ecological and economic outcomes
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Representation of multiculturalism in urban green spaces

Rapid population influx due to migration in Australia has produced diverse cultural landscapes, which become visible in cities as physical forms, settings and symbols produced by different ethnic communities. Scholars have argued that people moving away from the country of their birth, whether this be...
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Rethinking accessibility in planning of urban open space. Using an integrative theoretical framework

While accessibility has now evolved into a multidimensional construct, current open space planning models still use physical proximity to an open space area as proxy variable to evaluate ‘accessibility’. This paper, therefore, proposes an integrative theoretical framework to better illustrate the relationships between open space...
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Perth’s regional parks – providing for biodiversity conservation and public recreation through a multi-agency approach

This paper examines the evolution of the eleven regional parks in metropolitan Perth from concept to reality and explores some of the difficulties and benefits of managing parks in an environment where multiple tenure (including private landowners), community engagement and multiple agency involvement across different...