Urban sprawl

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Report

Living locally: creating resilient 20-minute neighbourhoods in greenfield growth areas

This report draws on research and practical experience to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with achieving 20-minute neighbourhoods in new greenfield suburbs. The report outlines opportunities for collaborative approaches to create local environments that support ‘living locally’ and, with that, stronger social connections and...
Report

Hamilton-Waikato Metropolitan Area: role and function now and in to the future

This study outlines the current roles and functions of the Metro Area, explores the economic linkages between the Metro Area and wider Waikato and Auckland, discusses some scenarios of development over the next 30 to 50 years; and assesses the impact of the connections on...
Report

Protecting critically endangered grasslands

This audit looks at whether the management of native vegetation clearing is protecting state and nationally significant native vegetation in the extended urban growth boundary areas.
Conference paper

The origin of rejection: Sydney’s first ideological battle with apartments

Exploring the social, political and economic factors that favoured urban sprawl over high density during early twentieth century, this paper examines the discourses surrounding the ideal Australian home at such a key time in Sydney’s early development.
Conference paper

Why strategic planning matters: a case study approach to examining industrial land use planning and development in Melbourne

The Victorian economy is transitioning from an industrial economy to one based on knowledge and services. This might suggest that there is no need to plan for industrial uses. However using the measure of land consumption, industrial users across metropolitan Melbourne consume nearly 300 hectares...
Journal article

Landscape loopholes: moments for change

Social-ecological systems are breaking down at local, regional, and global scales, and sustainability seems an increasingly distant aspiration. Social harmony and economic systems are connected to ecological systems and climate, in multiple complex ways, at many scales.
Conference paper

Solomon heights: a zombie subdivision?

This paper examines the history of the ‘100 years of inaction’ in Soloman Heights urban planning. With particular attention to the efforts by the current responsible Local Government Authority to broker a satisfactory outcome for all stakeholders.
Conference paper

The origins of urban sprawl in New Zealand

This paper locates the origins of New Zealand’s low-density urban settlement pattern or sprawl in capitalist social relations and the cultural practices of the first settlers during the 1840s and 1850s. While the grid plans of towns conveyed notions of order and regularity, the commercial...
Conference paper

Future intensive: obstacles and opportunities to achieving compact urban form in Auckland

This paper extracts key findings from a larger research project investigating three cases studies of medium density housing in Auckland. The project investigated the efficacy of the underlying urban planning tools to deliver the compact urban form; resident perceptions of living in their medium density...
Conference paper

Road costs associated with differing forms of urban development

This paper presents some preliminary results from PhD research being undertaken which, more broadly, considers infrastructure costs associated with differing forms of urban development available to policy makers within Australia. It is thus a component of the ‘compact’ versus ‘dispersed’ city debate.
Conference paper

Compact city visions for Melbourne

This paper seeks to quantify the capacities for compact growth and to use these measures as frameworks for understanding the urban design opportunities embodied in such responses to climate change.
Conference paper

SOS – sustaining our suburbs

What does sustainability mean in the context of the Victorian State Government's “Planning for Sustainable Growth” plan and what are the assumptions which underpin the plan? This paper will locate Melbourne 2030 within a much longer and pervasive history of antipathy towards the particular suburban...
Conference paper

A tale of two cities: urban form, housing densities and amenity

This paper inquires into our understanding of the compact European city that theorists see, compared with the actual form of some European cities as observed by the author.
Conference paper

Density considerations in managing residential land provision in Perth, Western Australia

Issues relating to urban form and density continue to fuel worldwide debate. Low-density urban sprawl is identified by some as a symptom of unsustainable urban development and various solutions aimed at achieving a more compact urban form have been offered, whereas others argue that there...
Conference paper

Buying time: city growth and concealed environmental problems

This paper focuses on five concerns touching cities that are rarely on planners’ screens, or given too little attention - notably fine particulate pollution, heat island effects and noise in local area settings, water quality deterioration from run-off, and the degradation of green space in...
Conference paper

The governance role of councils in urban development: lessons from the USA

This paper provides a new frame of reference for addressing the governance role of councils in ensuring good urban development and illustrates this with examples drawn from a four week study tour of 18 new urbanist developments in the USA undertaken by the author in...
Conference paper

New forms of green for coastal conurbations: sustaining productive rural land on the urban periphery

This paper posits important lessons to be learned about how to deal with the crisis of urban sprawl in Australia through current planning and design work occurring in the Netherlands and United States where the debate about urban development is focussed on how to achieve...
Conference paper

Melbourne in transition: the growth of medium density housing

The debate over the costs and benefits of urban consolidation has perhaps never been more important given the rise in the importance of sustainability principles as a basis of planning, the growth of megacities and development pressure on countrysides.