Livability and public space in Canberra's suburban developments

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Abstract

Almost all sustainable theories agree that to be sustainable, suburbia needs to increase density and thus become aligned with urban spaces, focusing mainly on energy efficiency and transport. Even though suburbia represents one of the least sustainable spaces in the city, it remains one of the most desirable spaces for living. People chose to live in suburbs, new suburbs are build and old suburbs are preserved. The liveable aspects of suburbia are being ignored in the theoretical arguments around sustainability. Using the case of Canberra, this paper aims to discuss liveability of suburbia as part of its sustainable development. Suburbia represents important aspect of every city in Australia and particularly Canberra. With a strong commitment to be sustainable, we believe that this context represents a good place to test some of the ideas around sustainable suburbia.
The paper tests hypothesis that public green spaces are essential in discussion of the liveable aspects suburbia that can be employed to further explore sustainability. The research compares new sustainably developed suburb and old suburban spaces to discuss liveable aspects, the connection with green spaces. Analysis is using morphological characteristics of build environment and mapping with ArcGIS software. The results show that older suburbs had predominantly larger plots of land and smaller floor area ratio. The houses obtained link with the ground through private garden at the backyard. On the other hand, with market pressure, contemporary suburban developments, even those claiming to be sustainable, are reducing the size of plots and losing the connection with green. The paper concludes that sustainable developments are focusing mainly on densification of suburbia, liveability aspects are lost. We confirm that for achieving sustainability we need to consider public green spaces, their morphology and structure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development and Planning X
EditorsG. Passerini, N. Marchettini
PublisherWIT Press
Pages235-245
Number of pages11
Volume217
ISBN (Electronic)9781784662929
ISBN (Print)9781784662912
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSustainable Development and Planning 2018: 10th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning - Siena, Italy
Duration: 4 Sep 20186 Sep 2018

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NameWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
ISSN (Electronic)1743-3541

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ConferenceSustainable Development and Planning 2018
CountryItaly
CitySiena
Period4/09/186/09/18

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MUMINOVIC, M. (2018). Livability and public space in Canberra's suburban developments. In G. Passerini, & N. Marchettini (Eds.), Sustainable Development and Planning X (Vol. 217, pp. 235-245). (WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment ). WIT Press. https://doi.org/10.2495/SDP180221
MUMINOVIC, Milica. / Livability and public space in Canberra's suburban developments. Sustainable Development and Planning X. editor / G. Passerini ; N. Marchettini. Vol. 217 WIT Press, 2018. pp. 235-245 (WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment ).
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MUMINOVIC, M 2018, Livability and public space in Canberra's suburban developments. in G Passerini & N Marchettini (eds), Sustainable Development and Planning X. vol. 217, WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment , WIT Press, pp. 235-245, Sustainable Development and Planning 2018, Siena, Italy, 4/09/18. https://doi.org/10.2495/SDP180221

Livability and public space in Canberra's suburban developments. / MUMINOVIC, Milica.

Sustainable Development and Planning X. ed. / G. Passerini; N. Marchettini. Vol. 217 WIT Press, 2018. p. 235-245 (WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment ).

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