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Shaping Melbourne's Future?
Town Planning, the State and Civil Society

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  • Date Published: April 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521439749

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  • Land use planning policy receives much public attention: we are constantly reading about the funding for infrastructure, the revitalisation of commercial centres, the rapid rate of urban decay, gentrification of the inner cities, and the problem of the expanding urban fringe. This study examines the effects of town planning on the shape and structure of the Melbourne metropolitan area since the Second World War. It shows that Melbourne's planners have seldom achieved what they set out to do and describes the technocratic character of town planning in Victoria. Shaping Melbourne's Future? relates town planning and urban developments to the social and economic base which defines them, touching on the broader themes of history, sociology, geography and politics.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521439749
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Melbourne in the early 1990s
    2. Approach to the study
    Part II. The Evolution of Melbourne and its Planning:
    3. An historical perspective
    4. The early days: depression, war and recovery
    5. The 'Long Boom' and the 1954 planning scheme
    6. Transition and turbulence in the 'Whitlam years'
    7. The recession bites
    8. Strategies for coping or recovery
    9. Urban change and planning, 1929–1990
    Part III. Structure and Agency in the Social Construction of Melbourne:
    10. A socio-political perspective
    11. The activities of capital
    12. Communities, households and social movements: a countervailing force?
    13. The political parties, the state and the bureaucracies
    14. The built-environment professionals
    15. The legal and statutory framework
    16. Frameworks of power
    Part IV. Space, Plans, Controls and Outcomes:
    17. A geographical perspective
    18. The macro level: strategic planning intentions and outcomes for Melbourne as a whole
    19. The meso level: intentions and outcomes in two segments of the region
    20. The micro level: intentions and outcomes in localities
    21. Land-use planning and the social construction of built form
    Part V. Conclusions and Summary:
    22. Conclusions
    23. Summary

  • Author

    John Brian McLoughlin, University of Melbourne

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