The genealogy of urban form : Brisbane case study

Sanders, Paul S. & Schroder, Naomi (2008) The genealogy of urban form : Brisbane case study. In Kennedy, Rosemary J. (Ed.) Subtropical Cities 2008 : From Fault-lines to Sight-lines - Subtropical Urbanism in 20-20, 3-6 September 2008, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.

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Cities as constructs of either incremental development or planned settlement reflect their economic, political and social condition. Much development is conceived and executed without an understanding of the intrinsic urban characteristic that resides in the existing urban form; or the traces of its urban evolution that have been lost to the physical landscape. The tendency has been for the urban landscape of the city to morph from a state of cohesion to fragmentation. The research presented in this paper traces the morphological development of Brisbane. Through the mapping of the physical changes that have occurred in a particular place, by extracting information from historical maps and photographs, patterns can be identified that convey the continuity of urban form, active usage and building typology. The analysis can be measured to identify developments that are incongruous, and critically, a methodology of predictive urban form that is indicative of a consonant urban development. The paper presents archival research undertaken at QUT that has documented the morphological evolution of Brisbane, from settlement to the present. A particular emphasis will be the analysis of built types, documenting characteristics of urban scale and aspects of the building interface with the street (public realm) and offering evidenced explanations for the urban experience in this particular sub-tropical city. The objective of the paper is to introduce a methodology that demonstrates the importance of urban morphological analysis, the study of the many layers of historical growth that a city has undergone, and in the understanding of these urban form characteristics, determine a model for future development based on a principle of sustainable urban form that requires continuity and coherence with the existing city.

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ID Code: 16776
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Urban Form, Urban Morphology, Brisbane, Building Typology
ISBN: 978-0-9752440-2-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Centre for Subtropical Design,
Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering,
Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2009 01:12
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:43

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