Towards a Tropical Urbanism for Cairns, Australia

Law, Lisa, and Musso, Urbi (2020) Towards a Tropical Urbanism for Cairns, Australia. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 19 (2). pp. 52-71.

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This paper engages with debates about tropical cities and climate responsive design to consider the emergence of two local government master plans and one planning scheme provision explicitly addressing the tropical climate in Cairns, Australia. The undergirding concept of these initiatives is a terminology of Tropical Urbanism, a simultaneously environmental and social/cultural term that captures issues such as climate, lifestyle and identity in the constitution of the urban fabric. Through a detailed reading of the documents, combined with interviews with local architects and planners, this paper positions Tropical Urbanism as an environmentally aware version of New Urbanism and as a distinctive language of urban design emerging in the regional context of tropical Australia. Place-based initiatives such as these are important to improving the design outcomes and sustainability of regional cities, and we suggest Tropical Urbanism could be further reinforced by the social/cultural and political nuances of a more progressive Critical Regionalist approach.

Item ID: 65449
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: Cairns, Critical Regionalism, New Urbanism, Planning, Regionalism, Tropical Urbanism, Urban Design
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Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 23:04
FoR Codes: 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330411 Urban design @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440609 Rural and regional geography @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design @ 100%
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