Dr Stephen Rowley

Stephen Rowley is a lecturer in Urban Planning at RMIT.

Stephen’s research focus on planning systems, planning practice, regulatory design, and the cultural depiction of cities and towns. His book Movie Towns and Sitcom Suburbs: Building Hollywood’s Ideal Communities was published in 2015.

He is a practising urban planner, working as an independent consultant and Planning Editor of the Victorian Planning Reports.

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The Victorian planning system, Planning systems and statutory planning, Regulatory design, Cultural depictions of cities, towns and urban planning.

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How tree bonds can help preserve the urban forest

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The Victorian Planning System: Practice, Problems and Prospects

Dr Stephen Rowley discusses his new book 'The Victorian Planning System' – the perfect introduction to the Victorian planning systems for new planners and the wider public who need to deal with the planning system.

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Movie towns and sitcom suburbs: building Hollywood’s ideal communities

Based upon his PhD thesis, this densely argued, scholarly text focuses on the way television and cinema in this period both presented images of idealised communities and also responded to growing criticisms of such movements as New Urbanism in the USA.

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