Old and new

We all know that the ‘character’ homes of Australia’s major cities changes depending on location. From Queensland’s timber and tin to South Australia’s stone – they were usually constructed using local building materials available at the time. I’m no architect but I really like looking at the differences between old and new housing styles –Continue reading “Old and new”

Character Houses versus Urban Consolidation

Balancing the protection of a city’s architectural heritage with the need to create new dwellings – who wins? The Queenslander is the embodiment of Queensland traditional architecture. It evolved over time but these homes are generally made of timber, have large encircling verandas and tin roofs. This unique style was responsive to Queensland’s subtropical climateContinue reading “Character Houses versus Urban Consolidation”

What happened to Brisbane’s green belt?

I was recently undertaking a bit of a literature review about the history of urban consolidation policy in Australia, and I found reference to a proposed green belt around Brisbane/Meanjin. Anyone who lives in Brisbane will know that our sprawling metropolis largely spreads unhindered between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, and west to Ipswich.Continue reading “What happened to Brisbane’s green belt?”

Urban Street Design

What do these two streets have in common? Not much at a first glance. One is high density, within walking distance of central Brisbane. The other is a peripheral suburban development. What they do have in common is that all these buildings were constructed in the last decade, and these streetscapes both completely lack anyContinue reading “Urban Street Design”

Work published in Land Use Policy and Urban Geography

Work by Rachel Gallagher, Dr Thomas Sigler and Associate Professor Yan Liu has been published in two international journals. Ad hoc redevelopment in inner Brisbane In a recent paper published in Urban Geography we analyse the influence of the underlying urban frame – being the structure of streets and property parcels –on the urban form. Using ArcGIS,Continue reading “Work published in Land Use Policy and Urban Geography”