Towards the Use of Cultural Indicators in Planning for Vibrant Activity Centres

Rosalie Hastwell, Simon Wollan


Across Australia, capital cities are developing strategies for Activity Centres where increased housing density and improved employment opportunities are supported by high-quality public services and facilities. The recent Moreland Activity Centre and Housing Strategy (MACHS) identified the need for Activity Centre planning to consider economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits, and sought to develop indicators across these domains. In recognising the importance of cultural vitality within Activity Centres, Moreland City Council's cross-functional working group and consultant team considered the interplay between cultural factors and planning considerations, including the correlation between cultural vitality, built form and particular place conditions. This paper touches on some of the questions that council staff and consultants engaged with during the development of the Moreland Activity Centre and Housing Strategy. It includes some key challenges and possible solutions for planning and enlivening Activity Centres in order to meet cultural as well as social, economic and environmental aims.



Activity Centres, land use strategy, cultural planning, cultural indicators

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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