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Title: A Test of Character: Regulating Place-identity in Inner-city Melbourne
Contributor(s): Dovey, Kim (author); Wood, Stephen  (author)orcid ; Woodcock, Ian (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1177/0042098009344229
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Abstract: During the 1990s, urban planning in Melbourne changed from prescriptive regulation to a place-based performance framework with a focus on existing or desired 'urban character'. This paper is a case study of a contentious urban project in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy: a highly valued place characterised as an irregular and transgressive mix of differences: between building types, functions, forms, heights and people. Contrasting conceptions, experiences and constructions of 'character' are explored from the viewpoints of residents, architect/developer and the state. To what degree does the regulation of 'character' open or close the city to creative innovation? Can it become camouflage for creative destruction? How to regulate for irregularity? The paper concludes with a discussion of theories of place (Massey vs Heidegger) and the prospects of concepts such as habitus (Bourdieu) and assemblage (Deleuze) for the interpretation of a progressive sense of place.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Urban Studies, 46(12), p. 2595-2615
Publisher: Sage Publications
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0042-0980
Field of Research (FOR): 120508 Urban Design
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 870105 Urban Planning
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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