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URBAN ASSEMBLAGE

Assemblage thinking, derived from the work of Deleuze and Guattari, has long been an inspiration for urban studies but has not been systematically applied in urban research. This project is an investigation of urban morphologies from an assemblage perspective. with a focus on the city as an 'intensive multiplicity'. What is urban intensity and in what ways is it geared to density, mix and access - the urban DMA?

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Dovey, K. (2016) Urban Design Thinking, London: Bloomsbury. • Dovey, K. (2016) 'Place as Multiplicity' in: Freestone, R. & Lui, R. (eds) Place and Placelessness Revisited, London: Routledge, pp. 257-268. • Pafka, E. & Dovey, K. ‘Permeability and Interface Catchment: Measuring and Mapping Walkability’, Journal of Urbanism (in press) • Dovey, K. & Pafka, E. (2016) 'The Science of Urban Design?' Urban Design International, 21 (1) 1-10 doi:10.1057/udi.2015.28 • Dovey, K. & Ristic, M. (2015) 'Mapping Urban Assemblages: The Production of Spatial Knowledge', Journal of Urbanism. doi:10.1080/17549175.2015.1112298


INTENSIFYING PLACES

This project developed and tested a range of urban design frameworks and visions for urban intensification in Melbourne. The focus was on transit-oriented development, design quality and design issues at the interface between intensified places and surrounding suburban neighbourhoods. The project also investigated the forms of governance most suited to effective implementation of transit-oriented development to achieve community acceptance and quality outcomes. A series of case studies covering various types and scales of activity centre was investigated using design research approaches.





The final report INTENSIFYING MELBOURNE: Transit-Oriented Urban Design for Resilient Urban Futures (PDF, 17.65MB) was published in https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/sites/default/files/docs/Intensifying%20Melbourne%202014_180dpi.pdf

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ARC Linkage Project

Publications

Dovey, K . (2016) Urban Design Thinking, London: Bloomsbury, ch 29. Dovey, K., Woodcock, I., Pike, L., Duric, M. & Duric, D. ‘Space/time Mapping of Urban Transit’, State of Australian Cities. http://soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Dovey..pdf Pike, L. Woodcock, I. & Dovey, K. 'Incremental Intensification: Transit Development on Small-Lot Corridors'. State of Australian Cities, http://soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Pike..pdf Dovey, K., Murray, S., Woodcock, I. & Khor, L., ‘Re-Assembling the Car-Dependent City’, State of Australian Cities conference, Sydney, 2013.


CREATIVE CLUSTERING

While it has long been understood that creative industries cluster within particular neighbourhoods in most cities, there has been little research on the particular urban characteristics and morphologies of those neighbourhoods. To what degree and in what ways do factors such as building types, public/private interfaces, density, mix, walkability and network permeability make a difference to the process of creative clustering? Why do creative clusters emerge within some specific urban morphologies and not others?

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ARC Discovery Project, 2009-11 PLANNING THE CREATIVE CITY? Chief Investigators: Kim Dovey, Stephen Wood

Publications

Dovey, K. (2016) Urban Design Thinking, London: Bloomsbury, ch.28. Wood, S. & Dovey, K. (2015) ‘Creative Multiplicities: The Morphology of Creative Clustering’ Journal of Urban Design, 20 (1), 52–74. Dovey, K. & Wood, S. (2015) ‘Public/Private Urban Interfaces: Type, Adaptation, Assemblage’ Journal of Urbanism, 8 (1) 1-16. Wood, S., Dovey, K. & Pike, L. ‘Urban Design Dimensions of Creative Clustering‘, State of Australian Cities, http://soacconference.com.au/wp content/uploads/2016/02/Wood.pdf


INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

Most rural-to urban migration over the past 50 years has been accommodated through the expansion of informal settlements in cities of the global south. These settlements, housing at least a billion people, have become crucial and permanent components of these cities. This project is a study of the morphologies of informal settlement - the forms through which urban informality emerges, infiltrates and insinuates itself into and around the formal city. It is also a study of the many ways such settlements become formalized in situ.

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Dovey, K. Urban Design Thinking, London: Bloomsbury, ch.26. Dovey, K. & Tomlinson, R. (2012) Dharavi: Informal Settlements and Slum Upgrading, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. Dovey, K. (2014) ‘Incremental Urbanism: The Emergence of Informal Settlements’, in Haas, T. & Olsson, K. (eds), Emergent Urbanism, London: Ashgate, pp.45-54. Dovey, K. (2013) ‘Informalizing Architecture’, in Mosley, J. & Sara, R. (eds) Architecture of Transgression, London: AD Monographs, pp.82-89. Dovey, K. & King, R. (2011) ‘Forms of Informality: Morphology and Visibility of Informal Settlements’, Built Environment 37 (1), pp.11-29. Owen, C., Dovey, K. & Raharjo, W. (2013) ‘Teaching Informal Urbanism: Simulating Informal Settlement Practices in the Design Studio’, Journal of Architectural Education, 67 (2) 214-223 King, R. & Dovey, K. (2013) ‘Interstitial Metamorphoses’, Environment & Planning D, 31(6) 1022 – 1040. Dovey, K. (2012) ‘Informal Settlement and Complex Adaptive Assemblage’, International Development Planning Review, 34 (3) 371-90. Dovey, K. & King, R. (2012) ‘Informal Urbanism and the Taste for Slums’, Tourism Geographies, 14 (2) 275-93.

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WHAT IS URBAN CHARACTER? 2003-2006

Urban ‘character’ has become a key concept in the discourse and practice of urban development, used to defend valued places against what is seen as inappropriate development. This project studied the creation, construction, experience and regulation of urban character in six Melbourne case studies. The project has produced a critical re-thinking of theories of ‘place’ as they frame urban development debate.

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WHAT IS URBAN CHARACTER? Defining, Constructing and Regulating Urban Place Identity ARC Discovery Project, $150,000, 2003-6 Chief Investigator: KIM DOVEY Research Assistants: IAN WOODCOCK & STEPHEN WOOD

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