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Urban planning practice in Australia is routinely split between the two functions of big picture strategic planning and more detailed planning regulation.
Professor Robin Goodman is Deputy Dean, Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT. She is also the Director of RMIT's AHURI (Australian Housing Urban Research Institute). Robin holds a BA (Hons) from La Trobe University, and a Masters of Urban Planning and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Robin’s research interests centre on various aspects of urban planning and public policy. In recent years she has led AHURI funded research projects on: the effects that various planning policy changes have had on the types of housing constructed, particularly in new growth areas, in Victoria in the last 20 years; marginal rental housing, such as caravan parks and boarding houses, with case studies in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland; and an evaluation of the health benefits of a social housing project.
Other current research projects and recent publications concern the forms of private collective ownership of community assets in master planned estates, the planning for activity and retail centres in growth areas on the urban fringe, a comparison of retail form in the various Australian capital cities. Robin is also co-authoring a book on planning for Melbourne.
Robin has been a member of the Planning Institute of Australia since 1994 and has served as a judge for the Victorian Planning Awards and has Chaired Visiting Boards for planning course accreditation.
Effectively planning the city: is having a good plan enough?
Strategic planning, largely led by state governments, has produced ever more ambitious and comprehensive documents. The demands on planning have grown to include the production of a city that is economically competitive and efficient, environmentally responsible, dynamic, creative and liveable.
Disappointingly however, when closely investigated we can see that many of these plans have failed to make a significant difference, or even have any perceptible impact at all. In this presentation I will draw on evidence from a number of research projects conducted over the last decade which point to a failure to implement planning objectives. These investigations suggest that there is a major gap between intentions and implementation, and that perhaps there is more to good planning than just having a good plan.
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Getting thereVenue: Green Brain, Level 7, RMIT Storey Hall