Monument over measure: site-specific design & Melbourne's urban growth boundary

Mooney, Vanessa (2016). Monument over measure: site-specific design & Melbourne's urban growth boundary MPhil Thesis, School of Architecture, The University of Queensland. doi:10.14264/uql.2016.281

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Author Mooney, Vanessa
Thesis Title Monument over measure: site-specific design & Melbourne's urban growth boundary
School, Centre or Institute School of Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
DOI 10.14264/uql.2016.281
Publication date 2016-06-03
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor John Macarthur
Peter Skinner
Richard Black
Total pages 94
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Formatted abstract
Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) traces an irregular circumference around the city’s periphery defining urban from non-urban land. The UGB was established to provide clarity on Melbourne’s future urban footprint. Undermining this clarity is an irregular but ongoing amendment process which results in the UGB being moved.

The UGB is a planning tool and as such is an intangible and immaterial boundary; neither marked nor signposted. This inquiry is concerned with the UGB as a ‘site’, an area that can be occupied as well as subject to interventions and speculations. A number of design implications of the UGB as a ‘site’ are considered as well as the agency of design on our reading of the UGB. Specifically this research asks two questions. Firstly, in what ways can design define a ‘site’, or series of sites, of the UGB? Secondly, how can design support the basic intent of the Urban Growth Boundary to define an urban limit?

Using a design-led methodology this research was undertaken in three stages. The first examines the ‘site’ of a northern section of the UGB through mapping and photography building knowledge of the UGB as both a map and place. The second interacts with the UGB as a ‘site’ through the design and installation of a site-specific work. This work has implications for both the specific and general meanings of the UGB ‘site’. The final stage expands on these implications through a body of design work focusing on exploring urban and landscape design scenarios within the UGB site.

In conclusion, this research argues that design can play an important role relating planning regulations with place. Design has the potential to support planning directives through its critical and creative processes seeking to connect people and place through imagined design scenarios. Reading the UGB as ‘site’ creates the opportunity for design to engage with the broader city-wide strategy of the UGB.
Keyword Urban design
Urban growth boundary (UGB)
Urban growth
Urban design and planning regulation
Site-specific design
Site-specific installation

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