STORIES | Suburban scenarios

Posted on 20/01/2012

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I’ve been thinking about suburban narratives and the kinds of images, scenarios and stories that emerge. Australia calls itself an urban nation but it’s more appropriate to recognise it as a suburban nation – 80% of us live in suburbs – even post-suburban. Various ideas emerging in the face of population growth and climate change such as:

  • Slumburbia (crisis, displacement, another cycle of flight)
  • Repair and retrofit (urbanise, localise, infill, pedestrianise etc)
  • Suburbia 2.0 (teleworking, technology parks. mobility etc)
  • Edible/Green suburbs (permaculture, agriculture, forest)
  • Global suburb (a relationship to the global city and the global slum, cultural diversity/ethnoburb)
  • Civic suburbs (shared space, social/cultural capital, citizenship, governance)

I’m keen to flesh these out. I can see some signs in my own locality already – the introduction of NBN, changing demographics, the clusters of aged and low income folk, various gardening and conservation efforts, increasing density.

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