Resourcing local communities for climate adaptive designs in Victoria, Australia

Taylor & Francis
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Journal Article
Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment, 2014, 12 (3), pp. 210 - 226
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This article proposes a new theoretical framework that supports the preparation of local communities to deal with climate impacts. In this framework, derived from the metabolism model, the resources that form the input (social capital and practical conditions) for design charrettes are processed to deliver output resources in the form of enhanced and sophisticated spatial design propositions, which are more resilient en adaptive. Elaborating this model, processing input to deliver desired outputs can only occur when deep learning experiences are offered to the local community. The framework is used and tested in two case studies in northwest Victoria, the City of Bendigo and town of Sea Lake. The findings from the study show the performance of the framework and the improved properties of the design propositions. Conducting design charrettes has two effects. New ways of collaboration are explored allowing exchange to happen between community members with different interests. This leads to new social constructs that are capable of achieving results that would be otherwise impossible or unknown of. Secondly, the design propositions suggest highly resilient and adaptive spatial transformations in the city or town.
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