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Description - Building Mixity! by Maud Cassaignau

In times of explosive metropolitan growth and inflationary
investment, Building Mixity! challenges the status quo of
expansive and unequal urban development in Melbourne,

The idiosyncratic and often forgotten post-industrial precinct
of inner-city Cremorne serves as a blueprint for a new vision
and an alternative approach to robust and productive city-making.
Building Mixity! uniquely examines the potentials of combining
adaptive re-use tactics with new densities as a holistic and
tangible urban transformation strategy for professionals,
academics and contributors to urban discourse. Especially
relevant is its reflection upon the effects of rapid growth on
urban development within the Asian-Pacific context.

Building on the existing rich atmospheres and assets of the
place, strategies and practical steps to cultivate mixity are
discussed from a design perspective, alongside contributions
from economic, historic, legal, and social angles. How can
designers, planners and crucial decision-makers sustain and
further encourage mixity in a critical stage of extreme investment
pressure: not only fostering the coexistence of different building
types, eras and character, but also enhancing the variety of public
spaces and the diversity of inhabitants, activities and economies,
programs and architectures?

Building Mixity! collects and combines mutually-informing
research strategies: Design approaches are interspersed with
historical investigations, discussion of community engagement
and self-conducted interviews, critiquing Melbourne's current
urban climate and development as part of a post-Global Financial
Crisis phenomenon.

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