The creative suburb: Building and urban designs for suburban innovators

Holz, Malcolm (2015) The creative suburb: Building and urban designs for suburban innovators. In Ozcevik, O., Brebbia, C.A., & Sener, S.M. (Eds.) Sustainable Development and Planning VII, WIT Press, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 773-783.

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Influential creative industries and creative place thinkers Richard Florida and Charles Landry agree that creativity is necessary for a prospering liveable and, therefore, sustainable city. Following Florida’s work, the ‘creative class’ has become central to what has turned out to be city-centre-centric growth policies. However, until the Queensland University of Technology’s Australian Research Council sponsored research into “creative suburbia”, few researchers had demonstrated – let alone challenged – the notion that a substantial cohort of creative industries workers might prefer to live and work at home in the suburbs rather than in city centres. The “creative suburb” work builds on the creative suburbia research. In a practice-led and property development industry embedded inquiry, the creative suburb draws on significant primary research with suburban, home-based, creative industries workers, vernacular architecture, and town planning in the Toowoomba region, in the state of Queensland, Australia, as inspiration for a series of new building and urban designs available for innovators operating in new suburban greenfield situations and suburban areas undergoing a refit in Queensland and possibly further afield. This paper focuses on one building design informed by this inquiry, with the intention of its construction as a ’showcasestudy’ ‘homeworkhouse’, suitable for creative industries workers in the Toowoomba region.

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ID Code: 93448
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: creativity, creative city, creative suburbia, vernacular architecture, urban design, building design, town planning, creative suburb
DOI: 10.2495/SDP150651
ISBN: 9781845649241
ISSN: 1743-3541
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 WIT Press
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2016 01:29
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2016 22:57

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