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Suburban consolidation : the future of the Australian dream?

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Richardson, MC (1995) Suburban consolidation : the future of the Australian dream? Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

It has become the conventional wisdom in planning that the
Australian dream of a detached house on a large block is no
longer an appropriate form of development to cater for the future
housing and lifestyle needs of the urban population. For social,
economic and environmental reasons, "urban consolidation" is
promoted as a way of achieving a more compact, accessible and
sustainable suburban form.
Consolidation aims to achieve improvements m the quality,
price, efficiency and range of housing by:
• reducing urban sprawl;
• increasing the efficiency of infrastructure provision;
• making housing more affordable;
• providing housing diversity;
• improving the design of residential environments.
In addressing these issues, urban consolidation policy focuses
on the density and form of suburban housing. These are the
central issues for discussion in this project.
The project sets out to analyse the role and meaning of the
Australian suburban form and, in that context, to investigate
how policies of urban consolidation might be implemented to
produce real improvements in the residential environment.
Space is the central issue. It is why suburbia exists and
consolidation is promoted. Little research has been conducted on
the changing role of space in the suburbs. Unless we understand
the role of private suburban space, urban consolidation may
provide simplistic and impractical solutions.
The following assertions arise from the analysis:
• There is an intimate relationship - etween the function of
space on the suburban block and the culture and lifestyle of
suburbia.
• The predominant forms of altemativ~ housing currently being
developed offer few of the advantages of the traditional
suburban form.
• The methods used in planning practi:e which dictate the form
of residential space do not lead to good design in residential
development.
The main conclusion is that:
• The resultant forms of consolidated housing are a poor
compromise which lose the advantages of suburbia without
substantially delivering any of the supposed benefits of
urban consolidation.
Given the pressing need for a new approach to suburban
planning, it is necessary to question what exactly is being done
to achieve change in the outcomes of suburban development.
Are the policies now being pursued 3ufficient to resolve the
suburban problem? Or do they represent a form of planning
compromise which creates more problems than it solves? Most
importantly, alternative approaches are sought which might
produce modem suburban environments that satisfy the
Australian dream

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: City planning, City planning, Housing policy, Housing policy, Urban policy, Urban policy, Suburbs, Suburbs, Suburban homes, Suburban homes
Copyright Holders: Copyright 1995 the author
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Thesis (M.T.P.)--University of Tasmania, 1996. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 03:16
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 23:38
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