The thesis seeks to understand how people value, use and relate to urban beach precincts so that the urban design and development of seaside places may functionally reflect the role that they play in people’s lives; in particular, the walkability of the precincts and the degree of public access to the beach. The research has examined the complex relationships between the urban design attributes and spatial arrangement of beach precincts and public access to activity, amenity and facility in a case study of three different types of Gold Coast beach precincts. Urban design theories and guidelines were examined to produce an urban beach typology and develop tools of analysis to assess and survey the beach precincts using the principles of governance that prioritised an accessible, walkable and restorative environment.

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Environmental Design | Environmental Policy | Landscape Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning | Urban Studies and Planning


Accessibility, Activities, amenities and facilities, Age and gender, Beach precincts, Beliefs, opinions and values, Case study, Conflict for public space, Cycling, Degree of fit, Disadvantage, Diversity, Foreshore parks, Governance, Healthy Cities, Human scale and need, Liminal environments, Placemaking, Policy Delphi Process, Politics of place, Public access to beaches, Recreational environments, Restorative environments, Sustainability, Typological survey and analysis, Universal design, Urban design, Urban design guidelines, Urban design principles, Urban transitions, Urban typologies, Urban values, Walking, Walkability, Coastal cities.

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