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Changing neighbourhood character in Melbourne: Point Cook a case study

Tewari, S and Beynon, D 2017 , 'Changing neighbourhood character in Melbourne: Point Cook a case study' , Journal of Urban Design, vol. 23, no. 3 , 456–464 , doi: 10.1080/13574809.2017.1383152.

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In the past two decades, Melbourne has been subjected to diverse pressures due to its changing scale and function within the global system of cities. Among many other features of the new phase in Melbourne’s urban transformation are its new suburbs which have proliferated in large numbers at the city’s urban fringe. Characteristic of these suburbs is a new urban character which has evolved as a by-product of a pre-defined and controlled mechanism in planning, design and implementation of housing developments. The objective of this paper is to investigate the process that determines the evolution of this new character; examining the role of local planning authorities and developers in shaping the built environment. Firstly, the paper discusses the definition of neighbourhood character and its interpretation among academics, policy makers, planners, urban designers, developers and real estate agents. Then in a three-step process the nature, quality and style of neighbourhood character in Point Cook are investigated through analysis of Council policies and through review of developer statements on character building and place-making. Lastly to understand how the idea of character is constructed and enacted by local residents of Point Cook, a survey was administered for the residents.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tewari, S and Beynon, D
Keywords: neighbourhood character, built environment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Urban Design
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1469-9664
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13574809.2017.1383152
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