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Shaping Melbourne's Future? : Town Planning, the State and Civil Society - John Brian McLoughlin

Shaping Melbourne's Future?

Town Planning, the State and Civil Society

Paperback Published: 4th January 1993
ISBN: 9780521439749
Number Of Pages: 280

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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.

About the Author

J. Brian McLoughlin was born in Bradford, England in 1932 and was educated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he also studied Town and Regional Planning at the King's College of the University of Durham, graduating in 1954. After a stint in the National Service McLoughlin worked as a local government planning officer in Newcastle, and in 1962 was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Town Planning at the University of Manchester and went on to attain several senior academic posts in UK and Europe and Hong Kong. In 1983 he arrived in Australia as scholar of international standing for his planning policy research and academic publication in the UK and Europe, In the 11 years he held the Chair of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Melbourne he made substantial and lasting contributions to the sutdy of urban studies and urban planning in Australia. His most well known publication is Shaping Melbourne's Future? Town Planning, the State and Civil Society. McLoughlin died in 1994.

List of Illustrations - vii
Preface and Acknowledgements - ix
Abbreviations and Nomenclature - xiii

Part I. Introduction:
1. Melbourne in the early 1990s - 1
2. Approach to the study - 2

Part II. The Evolution of Melbourne and its Planning:
3. An historical perspective - 23
4. The early days: depression, war and recovery - 31
5. The 'Long Boom' and the 1954 planning scheme - 37
6. Transition and turbulence in the 'Whitlam years' - 50
7. The recession bites - 57
8. Strategies for coping or recovery - 67
9. Urban change and planning, 1929–1990 - 77

Part III. Structure and Agency in the Social Construction of Melbourne:
10. A socio-political perspective - 87
11. The activities of capital - 90
12. Communities, households and social movements: a countervailing force? - 100
13. The political parties, the state and the bureaucracies - 110
14. The built-environment professionals - 128
15. The legal and statutory framework - 133
16. Frameworks of power - 150

Part IV. Space, Plans, Controls and Outcomes:
17. A geographical perspective - 159
18. The macro level: strategic planning intentions and outcomes for Melbourne as a whole - 162
19. The meso level: intentions and outcomes in two segments of the region - 189
20. The micro level: intentions and outcomes in localities - 207
21. Land-use planning and the social construction of built form - 224

Part V. Conclusions and Summary:
22. Conclusions - 231
23. Summary - 247

Bibliography - 249
Index - 257

ISBN: 9780521439749
ISBN-10: 0521439744
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 4th January 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.45