Developing knowledge precincts in regional towns: Opportunities and challenges

Bhishna Bajracharya, Linda Too, Joan Imukuka, Greg Hearn

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While extensive literature exists on creative cities and knowledge-based urban development focusing on large metropolitan cities, there is a paucity of literature looking into similar developments in small regional towns. The major aim of the paper is to examine the nature and potential for building knowledge-based urban development and creative precincts in regional towns. The paper will review national and international literature on creative/knowledge precincts in small towns to examine their key ideas and principles. The paper will also report on a case study of a small town of Cooroy in Noosa, Australia. The Cooroy Lower Mill Site and its surroundings are the designated location for what may be called a community-based creative knowledge precinct. The paper will critically examine the challenges and opportunities for setting up a creative knowledge precinct in Cooroy. Lastly the paper will discuss the importance of such precincts and initiatives for developing socially and culturally responsive towns and cities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2nd International Urban Design Conference: Survival: Implementing tomorrow's city - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 Sept 20094 Sept 2009
Conference number: 2nd


Conference2nd International Urban Design Conference
CityGold Coast


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