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From Edge City to City Edge

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This paper challenges inherited twentieth-century assumptions of suburbia by teasing out existing interrelationships between the city centre and its peripheries. This is done through a content analysis of promotional material and spatial plans guiding the development of 'City Edge', a proposed 700-hectare regeneration scheme over an industrial development in the periphery of Dublin, Ireland. The analysis of new land-use ambitions for City Edge elucidates tensions around the 'highest and best use' of land, the role of non-local speculative approaches, and how the demand for housing in global cities, combined with an ideal of 'mixed-use' is reshaping suburban landscapes. In so doing, we draw upon the concepts of 'blandscape' and 'blendscape' to examine some contradictory forces at work in shaping contemporary suburban space.

Keywords: BROWN FIELDS; HIGHEST AND BEST USE; IMAGINARY; INDUSTRIAL; IRELAND; LAND USE; PLANNING; POLICY MOBILITIES; SUBURBAN TRANSFORMATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2023

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