The present via the past : an archaelogical approach to analysing the design and use of a contemporary urban village

Garcia, Nicole (2008) The present via the past : an archaelogical approach to analysing the design and use of a contemporary urban village. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research applies an archaeological lens to an inner-city master planned development in order to investigate the tension between the design of space and the use of space. The chosen case study for this thesis is Kelvin Grove Urban Village (KGUV), located in inner city Brisbane, Australia. The site of this urban village has strong links to the past. KGUV draws on both the history of the place in particular along with more general mythologies of village life in its design and subsequent marketing approaches. The design and marketing approach depends upon notions of an imagined past where life in a place shaped like a traditional village was better and more socially sustainable than modern urban spaces. The appropriation of this urban village concept has been criticised as a shallow marketing ploy. The translation and applicability of the urban village model across time and space is therefore contentious.

KGUV was considered both in terms of its design and marketing and in terms of a reading of the actual use of this master planned place. Central to this analysis is the figure of the boundary and related themes of social heterogeneity, inclusion and exclusion. The refraction of history in the site is also an important theme. An interpretive archaeological approach was used overall as a novel method to derive this analysis.

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ID Code: 29353
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Hearn, Gregory & Foth, Marcus
Keywords: urban design, urban village, archaeology, heterogeneity, past and present, boundary, social sustainability
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2009 05:06
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:54

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