The Present via the Past: An Archaeological Approach to Analysing the Design and Use of a Contemporary Urban Village

By Nicole Clare Collie.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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This paper looks at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village (KGUV), Brisbane, Australia, as a case-study for social sustainability. The urban village model—and how it is translated across time and place within current modes of urban design—is analysed using an archaeological lens. Archaeological theory is useful for this study as it provides a way of disentangling the design and planning of this urban village (documentation, plans, marketing material) and the reality of life within this urban space. The reality of life is considered as the lived—in dimension of space and the material traces of that reality. Archaeology is adept at collecting and describing those material traces. The material evidence at the KGUV suggests that the reality of living and using this urban village is different to what was intended in the conception and planning of this site.

Keywords: Urban Design, Urban Village, Archaeology, Heterogeneity, Past and Present, Boundary, Social Sustainability

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.145-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 11.969MB).

Nicole Clare Collie

Lecturer in Classics and PhD Candidate, School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Nicole is currently a lecturer in classics at the University of Tasmania and is in the final year of her Ph.D Her research involves looking at the ritual use of sub-terranean space in the towns of Roman Britain. Nicole completed her Masters by Research at the Queensland University of Technology in 2008. Utilising archaeology as a means of analysing a contemporary urban space was the focus of this dissertation. The multiple uses of archaeology and how it can be applied not only to the past, but how it also can inform our understanding of current urban space and place are primary research interests. Nicole also has particular interest in the material culture of Roman provincial towms and the effects of ancient colonialism.