On the fringe of regeneration: what role for greenfield development and innovative urban futures?

Kristian Ruming, Kathy Mee, Pauline McGuirk, Jill Sweeney

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Australia is a suburban nation. An estimated 77 per cent of the population of the 16 largest cities live in suburban neighbourhoods and 78 per cent of population growth 2006-2011 occurred in suburban locations (Gordon et al. 2015). Fringe development continues at a rapid rate, despite decades of explicit consolidation policies (Burton 2015; Dodson 2010). Given its continued importance, exploring how fringe suburban growth happens is vital to understanding how contemporary Australian cities are being regenerated. Regeneration, as we understand it in this chapter, is not just the renewal of an individual site or broader existing built form, but rather the ongoing renewal of the entire urban form. Within this wider process of urban change, ongoing fringe development is important alongside regeneration processes happening in inner and middle-ring suburbs and landmark urban regeneration projects occurring on brownfield sites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban regeneration in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationpolicies, processes and projects of contemporary urban change
EditorsKristian Ruming
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781315548722, 9781317003496
ISBN (Print)9781472471635
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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