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The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard (Paperback)

Tony Hall

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ISBN 10: 064309816X / ISBN 13: 9780643098169
Edité par CSIRO Publishing, Australia, 2010
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Language: English . Brand New Book. A substantial backyard has long been considered an iconic feature of the Australian suburb. Nevertheless, during the 1990s, a dramatic change occurred: substantial backyards largely disappeared from new suburban houses in Australia. Whatever the size of lot, the dwelling now covers most of its developable area. Although the planning system does not actually promote this change, it does little to prevent it. It appears to be a physical expression of the way that Australian lifestyles are changing for the worse, in particular longer working hours. This in turn raises issues about health and wellbeing, especially for children. Vegetation surrounding the dwelling plays an important role in microclimate, storm drainage and biodiversity, irrespective of whether the residents use their backyard. Its loss has serious ecological implications, a deficit rendered permanent by the changes to the housing stock. The Life and Death of the Australian Backyard is based on a detailed quantitative study of this increasing, but previously unstudied, problem. It discusses the nature, uses and meaning of the traditional backyard, presents an understanding of the changes that have been happening and suggests possible remedies. All professionals working in the landscape and development industries, local government, consultancies and in universities should read this unique study of an issue of increasing significance to urban sustainability. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780643098169

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Titre : The Life and Death of the Australian ...

Éditeur : CSIRO Publishing, Australia

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre :New

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A substantial backyard has long been considered an iconic feature of the Australian suburb. Nevertheless, since the mid 1990s, substantial backyards have largely disappeared from new suburban houses in Australia. Whatever the size of lot, the dwelling now covers most of its area. The minimal backyard is not just a matter of higher densities in existing urban areas; it is at its most extreme in the new outer suburbs.

The loss of the backyard has serious ecological implications, notably for biodiversity, microclimate and drainage, a trend rendered permanent by the changes to the housing stock. It appears to be the physical expression of the way that Australian lifestyles are changing for the worse, in particular longer working hours. This in turn raises issues about health and wellbeing, especially for children.

This book discusses the nature, uses and meaning of the traditional backyard, presents an understanding of the changes that have been happening and suggests possible remedies.

Key Features:
* Investigates the backyard as a physical expression of the way that Australian lifestyles
are changing
* Highlights issues about health and wellbeing, especially for children
* Discusses that while planning policy does not promote the death of the backyard, it does nothing to prevent it

About the Author:

Tony Hall is Adjunct Professor within the Urban Research Program at Griffith University where he carries out research on sustainable urban form appropriate to the Australian context. His academic career of over 25 years produced notable publications in the field of design guidance.

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