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The erosion of the form and quality of central Hobart's spaces : planning for repair


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Stanley, Ian 1993 , 'The erosion of the form and quality of central Hobart's spaces : planning for repair', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This research project examines the erosion of street
spaces which has occurred within the Central
Business District of Hobart. The study area is the
Central Business District of Hobart, an area which
exhibits both form and function typical of most cities
within the western world. The city centre has
changed considerably since its days as a fledgling
settlement in Van Deiman's Land. However it was
the changes that occurred over the last 40 years that
have had a direct and significant impact on the public
spaces within the city.
The recognition of the importance of the street as an
integral part of the spatial framework of the city was
made late last century. However it was not until early
this century with unprecedented changes occurring
to cities world-wide that consideration was given to
means of retaining, reinforcing and reestablishing
the street space.
These changes were identified as: Technological; new building material allowed new
forms of buildings, personalized transport was
possible with the use of the motor vehicle.
Economic; retailing took on a new form and relocated
from the city centre, economies of scale encouraged
other uses to become dominant within the C.B.D.
Philosophical; Urbanists, Planners and Architects
were recognising the problems that were developing
in cities and new building and spatial forms were
The major findings of the study are as follows:
Building forms particularly those which evolved from
the modernist movement have eroded the spacemaking
qualities of traditional buildings.
The motor vehicle has had a wide ranging effect on
both a micro and macro scale.
Statutory controls have encouraged a break from the
traditional building form. The function of the study area has evolved resulting
in a loss of traditional roles (e.g. retailing).
Public spaces (e.g. streets) are being privatised,
mostly to the detriment of the life and vitality of the
New street types have been introduced (e.g. internal
streets, malls) which have fragmented and/or
destroyed the traditional shopping street.
Forces outside the study area have had a profound
impact on the function of the study area.
Assessment of the findings in the study has led to a
number of recommendations, which,in summary are
as follows:
Review of various provisions within the statutory
Intra and interdepartmental cooperation in the
management of the public spaces
Formation of urban design guidelines Reduction in the impact of vehicular numbers,
movement, parking within the study area through
various means
Involvement of citizens groups, business sector and
Council in the promotion of the importance and
vitality of the street spaces
Regional approach to retailing

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Stanley, Ian
Keywords: Public spaces, Central business districts
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Thesis (M.T.P.)--University of Tasmania, 1994. Includes bibliographical references

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