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Putting Carmona's Place-shaping Continuum to use in research practice

Anderson, Allison and Law, Lisa (2015). Putting Carmona's Place-shaping Continuum to use in research practice. Journal of Urban Design,20(5):545-562.

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IRMA ID 84278914xPUB20
Title Putting Carmona's Place-shaping Continuum to use in research practice
Author Anderson, Allison
Law, Lisa
Journal Name Journal of Urban Design
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 20
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1469-9664   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84947127105
Start Page 545
End Page 562
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This paper critically considers Carmona’s Place-shaping Continuum in the context of Cairns in tropical north Australia to explore the model’s applicability across different cultures and contexts. Drawing from context analysis and interviews with knowing and unknowing urban designers, this research uses a critical policy lens to consider how the process of designing the city for use might apply in Cairns, a regional, tropical city quite different from where Carmona’s model of urban design was developed from. Results indicate that in Cairns, the geopolitical, economic, environmental and cultural contexts continue to influence how things are done in the city; there is little to distinguish knowing and unknowing urban designers from one another; and that whilst urban designers consider themselves to have a role in the urban design process, few assume ownership of the process. The paper concludes that Carmona’s context elements of place, polity and power are fundamentally important in the application of the model in research practice.
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