The Gold Coast is a well-known and loved destination for local and international tourists, a city of surf and sun, pleasure and leisure. However, it is also one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, occupying the largest urban footprint outside the state capitals. How did the Gold Coast come to be what it is today?Off the Plan is the first in-depth, multidisciplinary academic study on the urbanization and development of the Gold Coast. It addresses the historical circumstances, both accidental and intentional, that led to the Gold Coast’s infamous transition from a collection of settlements unburdened by planning regulations or a city center to become Australia’s sixth largest city.With chapters on tourism, environment, media, architecture, governance and politics, planning, transportation, real estate development and demographics, Off the Plan demonstrates the importance that historical analysis has in understanding present-day planning problems and the value of the Gold Coast as a model for the rapidly evolving western city.
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About the Author
Caryl Bosman is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and a member of the Urban Research Program.
Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, a researcher with the Urban Research Program and the co-convenor of Gold Coast Area Research Team (GoCART).
Andrew Leach is Professor of Architectural History at Griffith University, where he holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and is Deputy Director (Gold Coast) of the Urban Research Program.
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AcknowledgementsList of Illustrations1) Considering the Gold Coast - Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes, Caryl Bosman and Andrew Leach2) All that glitters: An environmental history "sketch" of Gold Coast City - Jason Byrne and Donna Houston3) Holidaying on the Gold Coast - Noel Scott, Sarah Gardiner and Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes4) Transport: From cream cans and campers to city centers and commuters - Daniel O’Hare and Matthew Burke5) The Gold Coast: Innovation Incubator for the Real Estate Development Industry? - Eddo Coiacetto, Sacha Reid and Andrew Leach6) Changing landscapes: Gold Coast residents and the impacts of rapid urban development - Cary Bosman 7) Thirty Years of Gold Coast Architecture - Andrew Leach 8) The politics of paradise: Intergovernmental relations and the Gold Coast - Michael Howes9) The changing face of local government on the Gold Coast - Paul Burton10) Selling the City - Ruth Potts, Sarah Gardiner and Noel Scott11) City With/out a Plan - Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes and Severine Mayere12) Looking Beyond the Horizon - Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes and Caryl BosmanBibliographyIndex