CBD Revitalisation - The Relationship Between Laneway Activation and Sense of Place

Hughes, Brittany (2018) CBD Revitalisation - The Relationship Between Laneway Activation and Sense of Place. [USQ Project]

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Central Business District (CBD) revitalisation strategies, in recent years, have become renowned in most cities. Laneway activation is one strategy that focuses on revitalising the CBDs underutilised laneways. By re-designing the laneway into a multi-use space, with art culture unique to the city, laneway activation is said to reintroduce vitality and a sense of place into the CBD. Laneway activation has been successfully implemented in large cities within Australia. However, recently, it has also been implemented in smaller regional cities.

This project sought to provide a causal explanation as to how laneway activation influences sense of place, in a regional community. By employing qualitative and quantitative research methods, the data collection comprised of two phases. Phase one involved studying the physical characteristics of Toowoomba’s activated laneways and ranking them to determine the most, average and least activated laneway. Phase two entailed observing the behaviours of humans in the three laneways to determine whether the behaviours were indicators of sense of place, based on a framework derived from literature.

The research revealed that there are links between the level of activation and the sense of place indicators observed. It stood to reason that the more activated the laneway was, based on its physical elements, the more indicators of sense of place there were. This stands to reason that laneway activation as a CBD revitalisation strategy has an influence on sense of place.

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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Basson, Marita
Qualification: Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 02:00
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2023 03:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: CBD; laneway activation; revitalisation
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/40724

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