Urban regeneration: An Australian case study insights for cities under growth pressure

Huston, Simon and Darchen, Sebastien (2014) Urban regeneration: An Australian case study insights for cities under growth pressure. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 7 2: 266-282. doi:10.1108/IJHMA-01-2013-0005

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
UQ298041_OA.pdf Full text (open access) application/pdf 681.46KB 0

Author Huston, Simon
Darchen, Sebastien
Title Urban regeneration: An Australian case study insights for cities under growth pressure
Journal name International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1753-8270
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/IJHMA-01-2013-0005
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 266
End page 282
Total pages 17
Place of publication Bingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review sustainable planning literature and investigate a major development in an Australian regional city, looking for broad sustainable insights to improve urban growth management.

Design/methodology/approach – First, the authors sketched the backdrop to Ipswich and looked for the drivers propelling its rapid growth. They then generated a sustainability framework from the urban regeneration literature. In the empirical phase, they analysed a major development – the Icon project. They evaluated three of five regeneration domains using secondary sources, site observations and interviews with stakeholders and experts.

– First, each city’s situation is unique, so the authors proffer no simplistic development formula. Internally, cities, including Ipswich, are spatially fragmented. Second, urban regeneration extends temporally and spatially beyond the project site boundaries or deadlines. Diminished property-driven regeneration neglects the social dimensions to sustainable housing or relegates it to an afterthought, but community participation is insufficient. Government needs to seed or drive (directly or via incentives) substantive social transformation. Projects supported with credible community social development are less risky, but, in competing for investment funds, local government can rush approve unsuitable projects.

Research limitations/implications – The analysis focused on the planning and urban design aspects of the project. Only limited demographic, economic and social analyses were conducted, and the study would also benefit from interviews with a broader sample of experts.

Practical implications – Sustainable urban regeneration needs to consider not only the unique mix of regional growth drivers and constraints, but also specific local precinct characteristics. Intelligently configured community consultation should inform but not dilute design leadership.

– This work investigates appropriate urban responses to growth pressure for sustainable outcomes in fast-growing regional cities.

Keyword Regional cities
Growth management
Sustainable urban regeneration
Hydrocarbon reserves
Place making
Community engagement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Accepted for publication on 15th April 2013 IJHMA-01-2013-0005.R1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
Official 2015 Collection
UQ Business School Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 1 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Fri, 19 Apr 2013, 16:39:54 EST by Simon Hugh Cuthbert Huston on behalf of UQ Business School