Projecting lushness: doing the tropical urban through waterfront redevelopment

de la Fuente, Eduardo, and Powell, Warwick (2015) Projecting lushness: doing the tropical urban through waterfront redevelopment. In: [Presented at Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies and European Group for Organizational Studies Conference]. From: APROS/EGROS 2015: Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies and European Group for Organizational Studies Conference, 9-11 December 2015, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] The Townsville Strand was a $30m redevelopment of the waterfront, which has stood the test of time. Despite some modest opposition at the time, the City Council, transformed the Strand into a manicured public parklands which continues to enjoy wide public acclaim 15 years on. Qualitative and quantitative research was undertaken by one of the authors in 2004 - 6 into community usage and attitudes toward the Strand (Transpac Consulting, 2005; 2006). In this paper, the frame shifts from the original one concerned with measures of social capital development to one that is grounded in a phenomenology of place and a socio-aesthetics of immersion in landscape. Our aim is to analyze how, through its design and landscape 'affordances', this waterfront space has successfully engaged a variety of users and managed to have a measurable impact on an entire city's atmospherics.

Item ID: 40553
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: Townsville Strand; lushness; lush; tropical urban; tropical development; waterfront redevelopment; urban development; regional development; phenomenology of place; landscape aesthetics; affordances; projective cities
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 01:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 50%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1201 Architecture > 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified @ 20%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
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