Precinct Activation: From Dormancy to Proliferation: A Model of Potential Property Proliferation in Dormant Areas of Sydney’s Outer-West Centres.
A Research Project by Dr Jonathan Drane, Sydney Graduate School of Management, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.
The Urban and Living Society Institute Grant Scheme 2017
By Dr Jonathan Drane
This research studies outer west centres in the Sydney basin to understand and chart dormant town areas and their potential to proliferate new developments. One page flyer (pdf):
Concept Paper for Outer West Dormancy-Proliferation Research accepted at SOAC 2017
A concept paper relating to the research was accepted for the State of Australian Cities Conference 2017 which was held in Adelaide on 28 to 30th, November 2017. The paper uses an analytical framework drawn from the research to date on Honeysuckle, Palmer St and other precincts and provides a discussion of the state of transition of Penrith’s central car park. It is intended that a similar analysis be done for the other outer west centres as part of the research moving forward. The article title is as follows:
Dormancy in two regional cities and its relevance to the growth of Western Sydney,(The cases of Honeysuckle, Newcastle; Palmer Street, Townsville and Penrith) Dr Jonathan Drane, Western Sydney University, Sydney Graduate School of Management
The dormant cityscape continues to haunt many of our burgeoning, high growth cities. Former port lands, ‘brownfield’ sites and degraded suburban areas persist in these states for what appears to be decades without any apparent revival. Despite the usual forms of planning, zoning and controls they appear to display obstinacy over large time periods that continue to confound local and state planning authorities and leaders.
This article studies dormant cityscapes in two regional cities (Newcastle and Townsville) and their revival, to bring a clearer understanding to the nature and dynamics of dormancy. The cityscapes are viewed through a time-lapse, mechanistic view by charting of stimulus events over several decades to identify the often invisible forces at work. The results are discussed in light of the outer west centres of the Sydney Basin and their states of dormancy, with an example of one of these, a regional centre; (Penrith) and its transformation status.
The often urgent political reliance on lineal, visible change is shown to confound our view, along with the ‘meta’ use of the economic/demographic lens to view our cities. Missing is a view of not only artefactual indicators but the invisible markers of change. This, along with a mechanistic ‘time-lapse’ view is discussed as a means of enhancing our knowledge of dormancy periods and revival.
The study enhances our understanding of dormancy and the historical timelines that they operate under. In this way a revisionist view of this phenomenon informs planners and city leaders to understand dormancy and its revitalization, which goes beyond political urgencies.
Keywords: City growth, dormancy, cityscape, development processes.
Pdf of abstract on this link:
Please note the full article is available upon request and with the collaboration of the conference organisation.
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