Off the Plan

Paperback - February 2016 - AU $69.95

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In-depth multidisciplinary study on the Gold Coast City and its urbanisation and development.

The Gold Coast is a well-known and loved destination for local and international tourists, a city of surf and sun, pleasure and leisure. However, it is also one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, occupying the largest urban footprint outside the state capitals. How did the Gold Coast come to be what it is today? + Full description

Off the Plan is the first in-depth, multidisciplinary academic study on the urbanisation and development of the Gold Coast. It addresses the historical circumstances, both accidental and intentional, that led to the Gold Coast’s infamous transition from a collection of settlements unburdened by planning regulations or a city centre to become Australia’s sixth largest city.

With chapters on tourism, environment, media, architecture, governance and politics, planning, transportation, real estate development and demographics, Off the Plan demonstrates the importance that historical analysis has in understanding present-day planning problems and the value of the Gold Coast as a model for the rapidly evolving western city.

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Paperback | February 2016 | $ 69.95
ISBN: 9781486301836 | 200 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Illustrations, Photographs

ePDF | February 2016
ISBN: 9781486301843
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • In-depth multi-academic study on the Gold Coast City and its urbanisation and development.
  • Uses a multi-focal historical lens to explore the conflicting forces that shaped the Gold Coast.
  • Addresses the Gold Coast’s infamous transition from an absence of planning to multiple layers of planning, from ad hoc to systematic development.


List of illustrations

Considering the Gold Coast
Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes, Caryl Bosman and Andrew Leach
All that glitters: An environmental history ‘sketch’ of Gold Coast City
Jason Byrne and Donna Houston
Holidaying on the Gold Coast
Noel Scott, Sarah Gardiner and Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes
Transport: From cream cans and campers to city centres and commuters
Daniel O’Hare and Matthew Burke
The Gold Coast: Innovation Incubator for the Real Estate Development Industry?
Eddo Coiacetto, Sacha Reid and Andrew Leach
Changing landscapes: Gold Coast residents and the impacts of rapid urban development
Cary Bosman
A Thirty Years of Gold Coast Architecture
Andrew Leach
The politics of paradise: Intergovernmental relations and the Gold Coast
Michael Howes
The changing face of local government on the Gold Coast
Paul Burton
Selling the City
Ruth Potts, Sarah Gardiner and Noel Scott
City With/out a Plan
Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes and Severine Mayere
Looking Beyond the Horizon
Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes and Caryl Bosman



Caryl Bosman is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline of Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University and a member of the Urban Research Program. She has a PhD in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture. Her research interests focus on the planning and development of past and present suburban landscapes.

Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University, a researcher with the Urban Research Program and the co-convenor of Gold Coast Area Research Team (GoCART). Aysin has a background in city planning and has previously worked in Turkey and in the United States.

Andrew Leach is Professor of Architectural History at Griffith University, where he holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and is Deputy Director (Gold Coast) of the Urban Research Program. His work concerns the intellectual history of twentieth-century architectural culture, on which he has published widely.

Contributors: Matthew Burke, Jason Byrne, Eddo Coiacetto, Sarah Gardiner, Donna Houston, Michael Howes, Daniel O’Hare, Ruth Potts, Sacha Reid, Noel Scott and Severine Mayere.