Exploring urban design quality of movement networks in two master planned peri urban case studies

Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
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International Urban Design Conference 2016 Canberra Conference Proceedings, 2016, Books of Proceedings 2016 (Peer Reviewed Proceedings 2016), pp. 232 - 255 (23)
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Peri-urban areas are important strategic areas of a smart city characterised by transforming built environments from rural to urban land uses. Urban design could provide useful techniques for master planning developments for communities in these areas in transition. ‘New Urbanism’ practices and ‘Agrarian Urbanism’ model together could provide meaningful urban design and planning solutions to create liveable environments for communities and to protect agricultural land and natural areas in these lower density settings. Movement networks are vital to connecting different land use activities and in creating a better urban design quality in these developments. This paper reviews theoretical foundations developed by a renowned school of thought in the USA over time on transport (such as Smart Growth and New Urbanism) and urban design model (such as Agrarian Urbanism) to understand applications of these practices in master planning of movement networks in peri-urban developments of a city. A detailed analysis of two practical best practice case studies: Serenbe and Prairie Crossing in the USA, is conducted. This study assesses the applicability of outcomes of review; how movement networks provide access to different land use activities using Geographic Information System (GIS) methods and incorporate urban design elements along the routes of travel within these two developments. This paper also explores visual and experiential qualities offered by the movement networks. Research outcomes indicate that elements of context-specific movement network designs and targeted urban design strategies are essential for successful master planning and improved urban design quality of developments at the rural–urban interface.
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