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DEVELOPMENT of a knowledge community around James Cook University’s Townsvill e c a mpus has moved a step closer with the creation of a preliminary urban plan for the project.
The university town Discovery Rise will accommodate from 5000 to 7000 people, of which up to 60 per cent are expected to work within the area. It will include medium-density and traditional housing as well as commercial elements.
It will interact with the u n i v e r s i t y a l o n g t h r e e streets that will dissect its circular road network and enable development around t h e i n t e r s e c t i o n s o f medium-density nodes featuring inner-city-style apartments, covered areas and walkways and a range of facilities.
O u t s i d e t h e me d i u mdensity areas, Discovery Rise will include family homes. Discovery Rise also a i ms t o b r i ng t o g e t her Lavarack Barracks, the university and Townsville Hospital as an interlinked liveand-work community.
Land between the campus and the hospital is earm a r k e d f o r y e t - t o - b e - determined facilities and buildings to achieve a seamless transition.
T h e p l a n w a s c o m - missioned in July 2009 and has b e e n d e v e l o p e d b y a r c h i t e c t u r a l p r a c t i c e Architectus in conjunction with The Hornery Institute, whose social research has informed the planning process.
Architectus representative Caroline Stalker says the plan aims to transform the nature and quality of the campus and addresses issues such as: • Creation of a tropical urbanism with broader implications for new Queensland communities. • A holistic approach to sustainability encompassi ng ecological, cultural, social and economic factors. • A settlement pattern to produce a distinctive architectural legacy extending the possibilities of the site and linking it to the city and the larger landscape.
Ms Stalker says the plan creates an urban pattern that supports walking, comfortable outdoor gathering spaces and naturally cooled i n t e r i o r e n v i r o n m e n t s where possible.
T h e p r i mary b u i l d i n g shape is a perforated block, allowing best solar orient a t i o n , a i r m o v e m e n t t h r o u g h b u i l d i n g s a n d urban gathering spaces.