Opportunities and limitations of townscape: the cathedral precinct, North Adelaide

Murphy, Rupert. (2007). Opportunities and limitations of townscape: the cathedral precinct, North Adelaide B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Murphy, Rupert.
Thesis Title Opportunities and limitations of townscape: the cathedral precinct, North Adelaide
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2007-01-01
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor Elizabeth Musgrave
Total pages 53
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract

In trying to preserve the character of a place, architects and planners have incorporated the idea of townscape into planning legislation in recent years. The notion of townscape has been applied to a number of contemporary town plans associated with character areas, where there is awareness that the conservation of key individual buildings would not be sufficient to maintain the overall sense of character that is unique to those urban environments. This thesis looks at the historical background of townscape in urban planning and architecture, and through the analysis of an existing planning policy for a historic section of an Australian city, seeks to question the opportunities and limitations of townscape as a tool in urban planning legislation.

The Cathedral Precinct, one of three parts of Colonel William Light’s original plan for North Adelaide, is used as a case study throughout this thesis. The Cathedral Precinct is an example of a built environment in which planning policy has sought to protect not only buildings of significant heritage value, but the context in which they exist. Through an independent analysis of the precinct, and the planning policy that has affected its development since the 1960’s, it is shown that the notion of townscape is used to ensure that a contextual approach is taken to any future development that is to occur there, albeit in a different form than was first advocated by the Townscape Movement.


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