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Aesthetic control in inner city area planning : what are aesthetic guidelines for development, and what, as a result, is being built? : an exploration into aesthetic control practice, implementation and problems in Battery Point

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posted on 2023-05-26, 17:20 authored by Hawkes, D. L.(Danielle L.)
The aim of this professional project is to explore the built results of aesthetic control application, particularly in Battery Point in Hobart, and to develop an understanding of why problems, particularly historical mimicry, occur as a result of aesthetic control application. The professional project will review aesthetic control in the Battery Point Planning Scheme 1979 and include a case study of developments in Battery Point. The results from the case study will be used to develop and discuss an alternative approach for the implementation of aesthetic and design guidance for Battery Point. The initial expectation when beginning research for this professional project was that historical mimicry occurring in Battery Point can be directly attributed to aesthetic control application. The view that historical mimicry (as well as mediocre and 'bland' architecture) is being caused by aesthetic control is common throughout planning and especially architectural ideology and literature. Ultimately, this professional project aims to develop evidence that indicates aesthetic control is not the sole contributor in the development of historical mimicry. While this professional project has been researched and written to the best of the authors ability, it must be recognised that there were several limitations associated with the study and research of this professional project; - ‚Äö The subjective nature of the project topic; and ‚Äö The lack of any published material available on the project topic in an Australian and (especially) Tasmanian context. In the context of Tasmania, it is perhaps questionable to implement a planning tool such as aesthetic control that has no local examples or background theory to follow on from and determine how the tool can be best implemented into operational means, what consequences may follow and how effective the tool is likely to be in attaining the specific objectives behind its implementation.


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Copyright 1999 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis ( MTP )--University of Tasmania, 1999. Includes bibliographical references

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