Angela Murphy

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Angela Murphy

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Research@Locate Presentation:
Historic Urban Landscapes and Visualising Ballarat: Citizen participation for sustainable urban planning and design

Angela Murphy, Senior Research Fellow at Federation University Australia

STREAM: BUILD

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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. Smart Cities are those that incorporate both the tangibles and intangibles of urban landscape
  2. Citizen participation must be at the centre of urban planning
  3. Technology provides a platform for collaboration and decision making that is not available through traditional mechanisms of community consultation
  4. Technology allows for power imbalances between community and government to be equalised
  5. Marginalised groups are more likely to have input to urban planning when they are able to tell their stories and map their landscape through the mechanism of spatial technology

Target Audience

Urban planners, local government representatives

Presentation Overview

Technological innovation has provided enhanced capacity for knowledge building, for connection and for improved infrastructure planning in the development of the modern city. In parallel to the building of technology supported urban planning and design capacity, a debate has emerged around the need to maximise citizen participation in urban planning. The role of identity, culture and social context has been assessed as being as integral to sustainability in urban planning as is infrastructure management.

In 2011 UNESCO, through the mechanism of the recommendation for Historic Urban Landscapes (HUL), created an imperative for the overt recognition of the role of culture, place and identity in sustainable urban planning. The City of Ballarat, Victoria, was the first of a series of international cities to pilot HUL and commit to inclusive citizen based collaboration in urban planning. Through online technology, a platform for partnership building was established. Developed and supported through the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation at Federation University Australia, the HUL and Visualising Ballarat portals track the diversity of urban landscapes – from built environment to geomorphology to cultural identity – and facilitate their inclusion in planning and resource allocation.

Crowdsourcing was promoted as pivotal in this process, while spatial innovation provided a means through which to bring to life the notion of distinctiveness, identity and place. Through mapping intangibles across complex and diverse groups within community, the potential for improving the quality and management of the planning process was found to be enhanced. Local Area Planning provided a mechanism for a conceptual alignment of past and present and the voice of community has gained a stronger (and more disruptive) voice in determining what communities’ value within their lived environment. This shift was assessed as playing an important, and increasingly recognised, role in sustainable urban planning and design.

Biography

Angela has had a 30 year career in the community based sector across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria. She has extensive practice experience in a range of portfolio areas including Child Protection, the juvenile and adult justice system, disability services and community support. Much of her work involved working with rural and regional communities; a focus which has fueled her interest in building platforms for collaboration between the key stakeholders in community settings. Angela works as a social scientist at the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation in the building of an evidence base for the value of online technologies in achieving practice change, empowering community through open data access and through the mechanism of crowd sourcing.

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