Resembling Florida : transpacific transfer of ideas from one Gold Coast to another
Mayere, Severine, Dedekorkut, Aysin , & Sipe, Neil G. (2010) Resembling Florida : transpacific transfer of ideas from one Gold Coast to another. In Zeren Gulersoy, Nuran, Ayatac, Hatice, Onem, A.Buket, Koramaz, T.Kerem, Gunay, Zeynep, & Arslanli, Kerem Yavuz (Eds.) Proceedings of the 14th IPHS Conference Urban Transformation : Controversies, Contrasts and Challenges, Urban and Environmental Planning and Research Center, ITU, Taskisla building and Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul, pp. 139-150.
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Despite different political structures and planning systems, striking physical similarities exist between the tourist destinations of the Gold Coasts of Queensland and Florida. Both have been fast developing sub-tropical coastal areas, subject to massive land booms, speculation, and entrepreneurs’ grand visions throughout their history. As a result, both have become tourist destinations of international renown. Drawing on historical sources, the present research seeks to investigate the extent to which these similarities result from taking American cities as a model for newer development in Australia; in this case from transferring planning and marketing ideas from one Gold Coast to another, with the development of the Florida Gold Coast setting precedent for the development of the Queensland Gold Coast.
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