Recovering suburbia: An analysis of suburban form - post fire redevelopment

Andrew MacKenzie

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    The Australian garden suburb occupies a significant cultural, symbolic, and physical place in
    Australian society. From the mid 20th century, suburban identity was strongly linked to the
    concept of living in the landscape be it a backyard, a bush setting, or simply an abundance of
    open space. These values were expressed in the Australian garden suburb, and this was
    exemplified by Canberra’s urban development from the 1950s to the 1980s. More recently
    city planners have had to come to terms with the competing forces of urban migration,
    competition for development control, and rapid spread of city boundaries and these changing
    forces have been played out in the suburbs. As a result, today’s suburban development is
    substantially different to that of the post war garden suburb.
    This paper reports on a study of 250 homes rebuilt after the 2003 Canberra bushfires. It
    argues the planning regulations that govern building envelopes do not take into consideration
    the landscape impact of redevelopment in garden suburbs, and that planning controls should
    consider sanctioning landscape spaces on residential blocks subject to redevelopment. It
    argues a whole of landscape emphasis is needed as planning authorities manage change in
    suburban structure and form resulting from redevelopment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationState of Australian Cities National Conference
    Editors Promaco
    Place of PublicationPerth, Australia
    PublisherPromaco Conventions Pty Ltd
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Print)0 86308 161 5
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventCity Growth, Sustainability, Vitality and Vulnerability - Perth, Australia
    Duration: 24 Nov 200927 Nov 2009


    ConferenceCity Growth, Sustainability, Vitality and Vulnerability


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