Paradise planned : community formation and the master planned estate

by Gabrielle Mary Gwyther

Institution: University of Western Sydney
Degree: PhD
Year: 0
Keywords: sociology, urban; suburbs; Australia; Western Sydney (N.S.W.); social conditions; regional planning
Record ID: 1036802
Full text PDF: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/26976


The focus of this study is the formation of 'community' in contemporary greenfield master planned estates.The project is cast against the historical backdrop of modern utopian place-making, and the idea that a particular permutation of urban design, infrastructure and social programs can produce an ideal of community: of connectivity, social support and social identity. A further ambition of contemporay urban design is the marketable idea of securing a physical and social space. The thesis comprises four parts. Part I presents the theoretical framework of the thesis, a task which incorporates a review of theoretical concepts and of the relevant literature. Part II discusses methodological issues, the research design and research process, before providing background information needed to support the following empirical chapters. Part III comprises these empirical chapters and sets about detailing and analysing data captured through the comparative case study of Harrington Park and Garden Gates. The final section of the thesis provides an interpretation of the empirical and research data. It draws conclusions as to the character of the Master Planned Community (MPC)and the dynamics which contribute to its contemporary character. It concludes by attempting a tentative theory of the MPC. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)