Liveability in the Gold Coast: neighbourhood as social practice

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    Del Castillo, Nicolo
    HOLDEN, Gordon
    Skates, Henry
    2016 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science, Practice and The Industry
    Conference Papers


This paper presents initial findings of a study on what constitutes liveability for two neighbourhoods in Gold Coast, Queensland. The study approaches neighbourhood as a social construct or practice, deriving meanings residents have about their neighbourhoods. The analysis of responses to a semi-structured interview reveal 22 dimensions of neighbourhood classified into four major themes: personal, physical, social and political. The results demonstrate the multidimensionality of the idea of “neighbourhood” from the residents’ point of view, and indicate how the social dimensions play a crucial role in determining neighbourhood satisfaction and liveability.


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