THE OPEN EDGE: Creating a defined settlement edge to the town of Blairgowrie and Rattray as a strategic response to urban sprawl.
The town centre is becoming increasingly disconnected from its edges, the low-density suburban developments branching out from the historical core do not reflect the local vernacular and may become detrimental to the character of the town. This disconnect is a scalable issue from small towns such as Blairgowrie to larger cities. This research projects explores a change of direction for the projected growth of the town. The defined settlement edge creates a more compact urban form to restrict suburban expansions, improve proximity to essential amenities and preserve the towns valuable productive landscape. The project promotes more sustainable future developments that challenge the suburban paradigm; enhancing the biodiversity of the town, facilitating greater diversity with mixed use typologies, embracing higher density living and supporting the increase of remote workers.
The Defined Settlement Edge.