To define Burleigh heads centre to a specific place is not an easy thing to do. Burleigh as a place means so much to so many different people that without the designation of a town centre through planning, the view on which place best serves this description varies as much as the people who live and visit there. For me personally, the town centre is located along Tallebudgera Creek including Burleigh heads national park and on the opposite side, the Tallebudgera Recreation Camp all the way down to the Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park. Because of this, this is the area is what will be analysed for this essay.
In order to fully understand the centre I will look at it through the theory presented in Responsive Environments by Sue McGlynn, Graham Smith, Alan Alcock, Paul Murrain and Ian Bentley. I will briefly explore what the theory entails and then analyse Burleigh heads through the theory. I will then conclude whether the city centre effectively follow the theory.
Theory: Responsive Environments’ Intervention
Responsive environments was written to, as stated in the introduction, to be “… useful on the drawing board, so it does not tell you to do things most designers know already…” (Bentley, et al 1985, pg. 9) but to focus on “… areas of design which most frequently seem to go wrong.” (Bentley, et al 1985, pg. 9) On order to achieve this task they summarise and explore what they deem to be the 7 key aspects that make the place ‘responsive’ (see Figure 1) (Bentley, et al 1985).
The first of the explored aspects is Permeability. Having an area in which the choice of route is available, the greater the environment is. Permeability is assessed by the number of routes that can be taken from point A to point B...
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...nd that the city centre effectively followed the theory majority of the time. There were quite a few areas in where the theory was not followed, but without a comprehensive and exhaustive report consisting of a multitude of theories and independent studies, it cannot be said that the centre was designed wrong. It is recommended that study should be undertaken that does thorough research and analysis on Burleigh Heads centre through number of theories that would be able to come to a definitive conclusion.
1. David Seamon. 2014. Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology Newsletter review on Responsive Environments: A Manual for Designers. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/ResponsiveEnvts.htm. [Accessed 07 May 2014].
2. Bentley, L, I et al, 1985. Responsive Environments. 1st ed. Third Avenue, New York, USA: Architectural Press.