Masterplanning for Urban Change: A Small World Metaphor

Masterplanning for Urban Change: A Small World Metaphor

M. Ganis J. Minnery D. Mateo-Babiano 

The University of Queensland, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, Australia

22 May 2013
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The intent of a masterplanning process is to enable and expedite urban change but sometimes this process is fraught with dissatisfaction. This paper examines the perceptual and conceptual aspects of the masterplanning process and asks (a) What urban qualities make a good place? (b) What are the priorities of a conceptual mas- terplanning process? and (c) What are the short-term and long-term priorities of a contextual masterplanning process? The participants’ results show that urban density and connectivity are the most important aspects of masterplanning places and that stakeholders need an urban change process to enable certainty in the short term and adaptability in the long term. It is proposed that small world network models offer a self-organizing frame- work for masterplanning short-term and long-term urban change.


masterplanning process, small world network metaphor, self-organizing, adaptable, South East Queensland, place making


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