Coastal Towns in Transition: Local Perceptions of Landscape Change / Edition 1by Raymond James Green
Pub. Date: 12/28/2009
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Many coastal areas around the world are experiencing dramatic landscape changes as a result of increased tourism development and the "sea change phenomenon" – the migration of affluent urbanites to small coastal towns seeking beautiful, natural surroundings. In response to these changes local residents in these places often complain that the distinctive… See more details below
Many coastal areas around the world are experiencing dramatic landscape changes as a result of increased tourism development and the "sea change phenomenon" – the migration of affluent urbanites to small coastal towns seeking beautiful, natural surroundings. In response to these changes local residents in these places often complain that the distinctive character of their towns and/or individual neighborhoods is being lost or degraded. Coastal Towns in Transition looks at how changes due to unsympathetic development of the built environment and modification of the natural landscape are perceived to negatively impact on the character of small coastal towns. The book explores the concept of town character, and associated notions of sense of place, genius loci and place identity, as conceptualised by local residents in several coastal town communities along Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Findings of a four-year study involving over 1800 respondents from these communities are used to explore theoretical and methodological issues associated with the assessment of place character in the context of coastal towns that are experiencing rapid environmental change.
This book will be of interest to planners and environmental designers, as well as scholars in both landscape studies and social science and planning fields who are interested in the sustainable development of coastal areas. The case studies and associated planning and design strategies, together with the bibliography of selected relevant literature, will provide an invaluable reference for these scholars.
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Table of ContentsGareth J. Parry, MB, ChB, FRACP was born in New Zealand and obtained his medical degrees at the Otago University Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. He did his neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania at the time of the GBS epidemic that followed the swine influenza vaccination program in 1976. That experience instilled in him an interest in GBS and related diseases that has stayed with him for his entire career. He currently lives in Minneapolis where he is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota.
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