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Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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