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Designing the Global City

Design Excellence, Competitions and the Remaking of Central Sydney

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Designing the Global City by Robert Freestone
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This text explores how architectural and urban design values have been co-opted by global cities to enhance their economic competitiveness by creating a superior built environment that is not just aesthetically memorable but more productive and sustainable. It focuses on the experience of central Sydney through its policy commitment to `design excellence' and more particularly to mandatory competitive design processes for major private development. Framed within broader contexts that link it to comparable urban policy and design issues in the Asia-Pacific region and globally, it provides a scholarly but accessible volume that provides a balanced and critical overview of a policy that has changed the design culture, development expectations, public realm and skyline of central Sydney, raising issues surrounding the uneven distribution of benefits and costs, professional practice, representative democracy, and implications of globalization.

Author Biography

Robert Freestone is Professor of Planning in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He has held appointments in the NSW Department of Planning, the Department of Geography at the University of Melbourne, and the Urban Research Program at the Australian National University. His books include Place and Placelessness Revisited (2016) and The Planning Imagination (2014). Gethin Davison is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW, Australia. He has a background in human geography, planning and urban design, and has previously worked as a planner in local government and private practice. Both his teaching and research are situated at the intersection of planning and urban design, with a focus on issues of governance and social equity. Richard Hu is Professor of Planning and Urban Design at the University of Canberra, Australia. Heading the Globalization and Cities Research Program, his research cuts across urban design, urban science, and urban policy to investigate issues concerning global cities, urban competitiveness, and sustainable development.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2019
Country of Publication
1st ed. 2019
72 Illustrations, black and white; XXII, 353 p. 72 illus.
Springer Verlag, Singapore
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