Guidelines for Subtropical Design: A Tool for a Sustainable Built Environment in South East Queensland

Kennedy, Rosemary J. & Katoshevski, Rachel (2007) Guidelines for Subtropical Design: A Tool for a Sustainable Built Environment in South East Queensland. In ENHR International Conference - Sustainable Urban Areas, 25-28 June 2007, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


The historic South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005-2026 (Plan) is a statutory response to managing growth in one of Australia's fastest-growing regions. It seeks to maintain a prosperous liveable community and a sustainable environment. The vision includes the statement 'development is sustainable, well designed, and the subtropical character of the region is recognised and reinforced'. The explicit inclusion of the subtropical aspect with sustainability in the regional planning agenda, ensures recognition of appropriate design for climate as a highly relevant planning issue that cannot be ignored. The plan identifies thirteen principles to guide subtropical planning. These principles demonstrate that recognition of the region's subtropical character is not just an issue which relates to building design, or even to the design of neighbourhoods but permeates all aspects of the SEQ environment and affects all aspects of human settlement within that environment. It identifies the link between local climate and lifestyle, and the need to reduce demand for energy. In light of the Plan, the Centre for Subtropical Design at QUT is developing guidelines as a tool for subtropical design using a scientific approach. The tool proposes 'implementation strategies' and for each of the Plan's thirteen subtropical principles. It is to be used by developers, planners, and local authorities for adopting and assessing subtropical design in new as well as in existing urban plans. The first draft of the guideline was developed through a literature review and key planners in local authorities to verify its relevance for assessing subtropical design in different plans. A refined version of the tool will be sent to stakeholders in the planning community for re-evaluation. The outcome of this research will be an applicable tool for planners and developers for achieving a sustainable subtropical built environment.

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ID Code: 12398
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Subtropical design, guidelines, urban design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (The authors)
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:55

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