Brisbane CBD's public spaces: a comparative study of King George Square, Post Office Square, Anzac Square and City Plaza

Wright, Allisen Enever (1988). Brisbane CBD's public spaces: a comparative study of King George Square, Post Office Square, Anzac Square and City Plaza Other, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Wright, Allisen Enever
Thesis Title Brisbane CBD's public spaces: a comparative study of King George Square, Post Office Square, Anzac Square and City Plaza
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1988
Thesis type Other
Supervisor Amis Siksna
Total pages 196
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract
It is the purpose of this study to critically analyse the public spaces of the Brisbane CBD and provide constructive suggestions for their modification. Thus this study is concerned with evaluating the success of public spaces in the Brisbane CBD. It is particularly concerned with user and use patterns in King George Square, Anzac Square, Post Office Square and City Plaza - four squares chosen because of their perceived dominance of, and importance in, the CBD public landscape.

The goal of this study is:

To examine the role and functions of King George Square, Anzac Square, Post Office Square and City Plaza within the network of CBD public spaces and within the lifestyles of those who use them and to determine their successful features and also their shortcomings which might be addressed in future redesign of these spaces.

Both literature and practical research techniques are required to achieve this goal. Firstly the ingredients of successful public spaces and previous studies of use and behaviour in spaces is reviewed. On this basis the study then attempts to determine who is using these spaces, why, when and how they are using them. A public questionnaire undertaken in each of the four study spaces, as well as observation of the spaces, provided the source of this data. These findings on user and use patterns, in conjunction with observed user responses to design characteristics of the spaces, will assist in the determination of the overall suitability and success of the spaces for the users/uses identified. The main findings can be summarized as follows:

       1. The user and use patterns identified in the four study spacs are largely consistent with those observed in similar studies in Australia, North America and Europe.

       2. Sunshine, in the winter months at least, has a significant impact on use patterns and user numbers. 

       3. The majority of users are satisfied with the environments of the four study spaces.

       4. Users proposed rain shelters, more/better seating, more trees, and outdoor coffee shops and open air theatres as the most important and suitable additions to the spaces.

The study findings are also compared to those of similar studies undertaken in Australian and overseas. Redesign or design modification suggestions are made based on the positive and negative features of the spaces and the observed patterns of use, user types and numbers.

This study provides a general indication of the overall suitability and success of Brisbane CBD's public spaces based on the findings in King George Square, Anzac Square, Post Office Square and City plaza. It also identifies opportunities for improvement of these particular public spaces and public spaces more generally.
Keyword City planning -- Queensland -- Brisbane
King George Square (Brisbane, Qld.)
Anzac Square (Brisbane, Qld.)

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