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The effectiveness of public open space systems within the "Radburn"suburb. Case study: Rokeby


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Bresnehan, MA 1995 , 'The effectiveness of public open space systems within the "Radburn"suburb. Case study: Rokeby', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The Radburn approach to suburban design and open space
provlSlon emerged out of the popular movement,
originating around the time of the industrial revolution, to
limit pedestrian activity upon streets and avoid the conflicts
resulting from increased levels of traffic:
In Radburn layouts, pedestrian footpaths and recreation
areas are so distinctively removed from the surrounding
street network that often even visual connections between
the two are avoided. The intemalisation of movement and
recreational opportunities, and the orientations of dwellings
towards these internal areas rather than those surrounding
streets are the predominant features of many Radburn
Despite the meritorious objectives of the approach - those
being to produce a safe, socially interactive environment
where inhabitants feel comfortable to relax and move freely
- its appropriateness is discredited by the quality of the
urban environment that has often resulted.
The internalisation of a community can have deleterious
consequences. Too much open space can compromise the
overall quality of the suburban environment and the
conspicuous separation of vehicular and pedestrian activity
does not guarantee an improved environment. Community
appreciation and acceptance of communal concepts are
difficult to sustain and the application of an inappropriate
suburban typology can significantly impede and even
compromise the development of a positive identity.
The Radburn approach to open space provlslon lS
inappropriate, particularly III the Australian context.
Existing applications should undergo redevelopment works
with an emphasis upon diminishing the internalisation and
segregation of public areas.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Bresnehan, MA
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