Kelvin Grove Urban Village (KGUV) is a master-planned
Throughout the urban village there are many
This example of a fantastically designed urban
community set on 16 hectares only 2km from Brisbane’s
different land uses, lifestyles, tenures and
village has many aspects going for it. The
cultures which are provided for very well. There
proximity to the city, the mixed tenures, the
are commercial, residential, educational and
respect for heritage, the environmental, social
recreational areas, the village was designed like
and economic sustainability and security are
purposes. The Village as well as being a university
this to encourage and emphasis the community
just some examples of how incredibly well
campus, is also a commercial and residential area. This
facilities and shared public spaces, for example
thought out the Kelvin Grove Urban Village is.
leading inner-city creative precinct was produced by a
CBD. The Village was built on the site of the former Gona Army Barracks. To preserve the heritage, some of the more significant Gona Barracks buildings have been re-modelled and are being adapted for educational
partnership of Queensland Government and
Queensland University of Technology, and was based
The urban village’s master plan ensures that The parks have been fashioned based on the
there is environmental, social and economic
natural, historical and Indigenous qualities of the
sustainability by using top of the market
The village’s natural features have been
technology and environmental knowledge such
emphasised by keeping a mix of native species,
as, landscaping the area so that the rainwater
While designing Kelvin Grove Urban Village, the
including grey gums and tallowwoods while
filters through parking areas to replenish the
architects knew that the village needed a mix of housing
complementing them with new plantings of native
water table and prevent erosion by storm
options for social and community benefits. By doing this,
grasses and shrubs as well as mature fig trees.
on the idea of Ecological Sustainable Development. One crucial factor of this master-planned village was the inclusion of diversity.
the designers were respecting the existing communities
Again this encourages community recreational
by ensuring that the development was sensitive and appropriate. This idea has been extended by including
health facilities and job support - in the Institute of
activities, such as sports and performances.
Above all, different groups are catered for well by
Health and Biomedical Innovation and the Creative
communities while also integrating new and
Industries Precinct Enterprises Centre – for existing
Pip Boocock, Geography, Mr. Sikich
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