1st Edition

Planning in an Uncanny World Australian Urban Planning in an International Context

Edited By Nicholas A. Phelps, Judy Bush, Anna Hurlimann Copyright 2023
    212 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book places Australian conditions and urban planning centrally within comparative analysis of planning systems and cultures around the world to address issues including urban governance, climate change, transportation planning, regional development and migration planning.

    Australian urban conditions and their associated planning responses can and often have been seen as unique or exceptional. They are seldom discussed in the same breath as conditions and associated planning systems internationally. Yet, as well as being somewhat different from those elsewhere in the world, Australian urban conditions and planning responses are also somewhat similar. They are uncanny – strangely familiar yet unfamiliar. In this book, Australian urban conditions, and their planning policies and practices are informally compared and contrasted with those existing internationally. If Australian urban planning policy and practice have had limited influence internationally, the partial familiarity of challenges posed by its urban conditions ensure that Australia is a more important global reference point for scholarship and practice than commonly is appreciated.

    In this book the authors assert the potential and actual originality of urban planning scholarship arising from the Australian context. It will be useful for students and faculty, planners working in Australia, as well as anyone interested in international planning debates.

    SECTION 1 AUSTRALIA AS EXCEPTION: 1. Planning in an Uncanny World: An Introduction Nicholas A. Phelps  2. Yarning about Urban Country: Knowing, Learning and Planning for Healthy, Liveable Cities Judy Bush, Katie West, and Maddison Miller  3. Networking Australia’s Urban Governance Michele Acuto, Daniel Pejic, and Cathy Oke  4. Flood and Fire and Famine: Australia as an Outlier of Planning for Climate Change Anna Hurlimann  SECTION 2 AUSTRALIA AS ECLECTIC MIX: 5. Uncanny Revelations: Australian Statutory Planning Alan March  6. From Transit "Garden" Suburbs to Corporate Tollways: Learning from the Story of Transport in Melbourne John Stone and Crystal Legacy 7. Henry George Down Under: Urban Development, Land Value Capture and Infrastructure in Australia Hyung Min Kim and Anthony Kent  SECTION 3 AUSTRALIA AS EXEMPLAR: 8. The First Suburban Nation in a Suburban World Nicholas A. Phelps  9. Ghostly Visions and Cartographic Tombstones: The Australian "Zombie" Subdivision Victoria Kolankiewicz, David Nichols, and Liz Taylor  10. Migration, Urban Diversity and Planning in Australian Cities Iris Levin and Terry Burke  11. Conclusion Nicholas A. Phelps, Judy Bush, and Anna Hurlimann


    Nicholas A. Phelps is Professor and Chair of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. He previously was Professor of Urban and Regional Development at the Bartlett School of Planning, and Pro Vice Provost Regional (Southeast Asia), University College London. He has written extensively on the planning and politics of suburbanisation including the volumes Post-Suburban Europe (2006, Palgrave-MacMillan), An Anatomy of Sprawl (2012, Routledge RTPI Series), Sequel to Suburbia (2015, MIT Press), Interplaces (2017, OUP) and The Urban Planning Imagination (2021, Polity).

    Judy Bush is Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning. Her research focuses on urban nature based solutions, climate change and governance. Prior to academia she worked with local government alliances on climate change, biodiversity conservation and waterway restoration.

    Anna Hurlimann is Associate Professor, Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne Australia. Anna’s teaching and research interests focus on environmental planning, with a particular focus on planning for climate change. Anna is the lead chief investigator of an Australian Research Council Grant titled Integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in built environments (DP200101378) with funding 2020–2023.