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MidiCities : test beds for innovative delivery of urban transformation

Duncan, Rod 2012, MidiCities : test beds for innovative delivery of urban transformation, in PIA 2012 : Planning for a Sunburnt Country : Building resilient communities through planning : Proceedings of the Planning Institute of Australia 2012 National Congress, PIA, [Adelaide, S. Aust.].

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Title MidiCities : test beds for innovative delivery of urban transformation
Author(s) Duncan, Rod
Conference name Planning Institute of Australia National Congress (2012 : Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, S. Aust.
Conference dates 29 Apr.-2 May. 2012
Title of proceedings PIA 2012 : Planning for a Sunburnt Country : Building resilient communities through planning : Proceedings of the Planning Institute of Australia 2012 National Congress
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Planning Institute of Australia National Congress
Publisher PIA
Place of publication [Adelaide, S. Aust.]
Keyword(s) mid-sized cities
low carbon future
oil vulnerability
demographic re-composition
sustainable urban areas
Summary Cities globally and nationally are facing a range of daunting challenges to respond to a suite of emerging imperatives including a low carbon future, oil vulnerability, demographic re-composition, and the prospect of unpredictable economic shocks. To pursue a future that is sustainable and resilient requires substantial transformation of existing urban areas and creation of new mechanisms to guide and manage delivery of physical, economic and social changes.

Mid-sized cities provide legible, nimble test beds for exploring cross-disciplinary models and innovative governance and delivery techniques. Australia’s ‘MidiCities’ – home to 4 million urban dwellers frequently overlooked by urban policy or research effort – are emerging as crucibles of innovation and experimentation. Most of these cities retain that essential key ingredient for sustainable urbanism, economic resilience and community identity: a strong, highly legible city centre with a tightly clustered diversity of facilities and functions – the multi-functional activity centre that metropolitan suburban hubs yearn to grow up to become!

These diverse MidiCities are passing a threshold of self-confident sophistication, and are now providing valuable lessons for each other, which could be adopted or adapted by metropolitan cities where scale and complexity can often overwhelm the search for new and appropriate approaches to delivery of rapid change while maintaining clear guidance toward the vision of a ‘preferred’ future. A network of professionals working with Australian and New Zealand MidiCities is coalescing toward a cross-disciplinary platform for exchange of experiences and information, mutual support, improved research and understanding, capacity-building and the refinement of new specialist skills and structures.
ISBN 9780646577043
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048245

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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