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Title: Contesting Characters at Hedgeley Dene
Contributor(s): Wood, Stephen  (author)orcid ; Woodcock, Ian (author); Dovey, Kim (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: Over the past decade, 'neighbourhood character' has come to occupy a pre-eminent position within the Victorian planning system. Its rise has been accompanied by increasing contestation about what it is and how - even if - it should be regulated. This paper examines the case of the Hedgeley Dene precinct in East Malvern, the first place in Victoria deemed to have a 'character' warranting the special protection of a 'Neighbourhood Character Overlay.' The Overlay ostensibly enacts agreement – between residents, consultants, planners, and local and state government - concerning the particular 'character' in need of protection. Yet analysis of associated documents and interviews with key players reveals that parties to this 'agreement' were only sometimes talking about the same 'thing'. Employing insights from actor-network theory, we explore the different modes of existence of 'character' in this case, and the manner in which they intersect, overlap, and interfere with one another.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Contested Terrains: XXIII [23rd] Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historian, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 2006, Fremantle, Australia, 29th September - 2nd October, 2006
Source of Publication: Contested Terrains: Proceedings of the XXIII [23rd] Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historian, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 2006, p. 591-597
Publisher: SAHANZ: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Place of Publication: Fremantle, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 120508 Urban Design
120502 History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl Architecture)
120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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