Catalysing design principles through the dreaming of sustainable subtropical cityscapes : the collaborative construction of new place identities

O'Loughlin, Michael, Taboada, Manuela B., & Gill, Roderic A. (2006) Catalysing design principles through the dreaming of sustainable subtropical cityscapes : the collaborative construction of new place identities. In Kennedy, Rosemary J. (Ed.) Subtropical Cities 2006 Conference : Achieving Ecologically Sustainable Urbanism in a Subtropical Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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This paper addresses the question of how to open up pathways and build capacity to facilitate the movement towards sustainable sub-tropical cities. The focus is on outlining a collaborative planning and co-design process that can help catalyse the emergence of sustainable place-habitats and so re-weave and colour anew the tapestry of our sub-tropical cities. Cities are portrayed as self-organising complex adaptive system phenomena, being constantly re-shaped by local and global social-political, environmental, cultural and economic forces as well as planning regimes. While constructing a sustainable city is at essence a design process incorporating new sustainable practices and legislation to reinforce their use, these steps are necessary but not sufficient. Sustainable sub-tropical city-making could be re-thought as a dreaming-re-storying process. This paper explores a new co-design process, which can channel collaborative efforts around re-inventing sustainable place-habitats across the cityscape. A further outcome of this co-design process is the alignment of the emergent design principles and planning actions that can trigger the re-storying of a new sustainable sub-tropical city. Besides a new co-design process, we also advocate the building of sub-tropical city learning networks to facilitate the cross-fertilization for Dreaming sustainable sub-tropical cities.

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ID Code: 59489
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: place identity, self-organisation, sustainable urban place-habitats, bottom-up top-down planning, collaborative design
ISBN: 0975244019
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2013 00:47
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2013 04:32

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