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Desired configuration of live/work communities for information workers: a new perspective on an old debate between mixed-use small towns vs. mono-functional suburbia

Desired configuration of live/work communities for information workers: a new perspective on an... This paper investigates the desired configuration of live/work communities for the growing social group of community-based information workers who work, live and play in the same locality using telecommunication. It starts with a brief review of information workers and their urban preferences in the literature. It then refers to a long-standing debate between suburbs and old small towns as mono-functional versus mixed-use developments that leads to the case study choice for this paper’s empirical part. This paper then examines two case studies of recently developed live/work communities in Australia and the USA in which different urban configurations – mixed-use versus mono-functional – delivered different results towards attracting information work. This investigation offers a new perspective on the old debate between the two urban configurations that could contribute to the development of residential communities in the new era. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development Inderscience Publishers

Desired configuration of live/work communities for information workers: a new perspective on an old debate between mixed-use small towns vs. mono-functional suburbia

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Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
2040-4468
eISSN
2040-4476
DOI
10.1504/IJKBD.2012.048391
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Abstract

This paper investigates the desired configuration of live/work communities for the growing social group of community-based information workers who work, live and play in the same locality using telecommunication. It starts with a brief review of information workers and their urban preferences in the literature. It then refers to a long-standing debate between suburbs and old small towns as mono-functional versus mixed-use developments that leads to the case study choice for this paper’s empirical part. This paper then examines two case studies of recently developed live/work communities in Australia and the USA in which different urban configurations – mixed-use versus mono-functional – delivered different results towards attracting information work. This investigation offers a new perspective on the old debate between the two urban configurations that could contribute to the development of residential communities in the new era.

Journal

International Journal of Knowledge-Based DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2012

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