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The Future of the Fringe

The Crisis in Peri-Urban Planning

Michael Buxton Andrew Butt



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CSIRO Publishing
01 April 2020
Peri-urban landscapes are some of the world's most vulnerable areas. Although they are often thought of simply as land awaiting development, these landscapes retain important natural resources and make valuable contributions to agriculture, water use, biodiversity conservation, landscape preservation and human well-being. Billions of people use them and enjoy their natural values. Their continuing loss threatens to alter our relationships with nature and have a negative impact on the environment.

The Future of the Fringe first explores the history of peri-urban areas, international peri-urban policy and practice, and related concepts. It analyses internationally relevant issues such as green belts and urban growth boundaries, regional policy, land supply and price, and the concepts of liveability, attractiveness, well-being and rural amenity. It then examines a range of Australian peri-urban issues, as an extended case study. The book argues for a precautionary approach so that we retain the greatest number of options to adapt during rapid and unprecedented change.
By:   Michael Buxton, Andrew Butt
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 170mm, 
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9781486308958
ISBN 10:   1486308953
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   01 April 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Buxton is an Emeritus Professor at RMIT University and is former head of RMIT Planning and Environment. He has published more than 80 refereed papers, books, book chapters and monographs, including Planning Melbourne (CSIRO Publishing, 2016). He has led 20 major research projects, mainly on peri-urban issues and urban form. He formerly held senior positions in local, regional and state governments. Andrew Butt is an Associate Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University. His experience in planning practice, research and teaching has focused on rural and peri-urban issues, including a PhD on approaches to planning for farmland protection in peri-urban Australia, as well as articles and book chapters exploring socio-economic transitions and planning systems in rural and peri-urban regions.

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