Book Article Review: Defending and Creating Place Identities

Ar. Sayed Ahmed


The authors selected four neighborhoods in Melbourne. Two older suburbs, Camberwell and Fitzroy; were in threat from the new development challenges. Characters are something pre-existed. Here dominant architectural styles with heritage value also regarded as important factor. On the other hand, two new housings like Beaconcove and Caroline Springs were modeled after imposed character. They tried to find place identities in residential developments. For that, front gardens of suburbs had been identical marketing agenda which created instinct character of space. To find out the real character of space, authors asked several questions to the inhabitants: how they react about mixed ethnicity, building code’s impact over planning decisions and at which limit they might tolerate change for the sense of place? This review will try to find the place making extracts from the book ‘Becoming spaces'.

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