A Test of Character: Regulating Place-identity in Inner-city Melbourne
AuthorDovey, K; Woodcock, I; Wood, S
Source TitleUrban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsDovey, K., Woodcock, I. & Wood, S. (2009). A Test of Character: Regulating Place-identity in Inner-city Melbourne. URBAN STUDIES, 46 (12), pp.2595-2615. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098009344229.
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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.
KeywordsUrban and Regional Planning
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