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Urban Nation

Australia's Planning Heritage

written by Robert Freestone

CSIRO | ISBN 9780643096981

Paperback – 336 pages


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Urban Nation: Australia's Planning Heritage provides the first national account of the historical impact of urban planning and design on the Australian landscape. This ambitious account looks at every state and territory from the earliest days of European settlement to the present day. It identifies and documents hundreds of places - parks, public spaces, redeveloped precincts, neighbourhoods, suburbs up to whole towns - that contribute to the distinctive character of urban and suburban Australia. It sets these significant planned landscapes within the broader context of both international design trends and Australian efforts at nation and city building. The discussion moves urban heritage beyond the dominant realm of architecture to embrace whole urban environments. It makes a strong case for the potential heritage value of diverse planned environments from local neighbourhood features through regional parks and plans to whole suburbs and towns. It includes a foreword by Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

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