Suburban zone of `The Transect: comparing morphologies and design qualities of residential neighbourhoods in Sydney, Kolkata and Miami

QUT Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design in conjunction with ISUF
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Conference Proceeding
ISUF 2013 Brisbane International Seminar on Urban Form: Urban Form at the Edge, Proceedings from ISUF 2013 Volume 1, 2014, 1 pp. 73 - 84 (12)
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Morphologies of human environments vary in terms of their nature, spatial characteristics, and intensity of development. ‘The Transect’, an integrated zoning code for the City of Miami in USA, provides form based guidelines for development along rural and urban continuum. ‘T3 Sub-Urban’ is a suburban zone out of a total of six types of zones classified under ‘The Transect’. This paper focuses on examining morphologies and qualities of suburban neighbourhoods in three cities in three different countries of the world. Three cities: Sydney, Australia, Kolkata, India and Miami, USA are selected as their social conditions, cultural backgrounds and planning controls vary. An urban to rural cross section will be identified for each of these cities. Three typical suburban residential case studies, one from each of these three cities will be selected at a local scale. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a spatial analysis estimates land cover pattern, dwelling density, and others relevant values for each of these three case studies. A visual analysis is conducted to understand design features, aesthetic qualities, and characteristics of these neighbourhoods. Outcomes of spatial analyses on the case studies are compared. Morphological characteristics can significantly influence neighbourhood sustainability and design performance.
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