Urban Villages Ellie Yiasemides


Urban villages are distinctive residential districts with a clustering of people with a common culture that form an identifiable community. Their functional form is widely seen as being influenced by a particular community. They are made up of groups of common culture.

king st, newtown

location/spatial distribution

Urban villages are confined to their own small suburb, often only a single block in size. They often relate to patterns of income/wealth/migration. examples in Sydney include:

Urban Villages in Greater Sydney region
  • Double Bay and Mosman - shopping and social precincts for higher socio-economic status groups
  • Norton Street, Leichardt - local cafe society, with a strong Italian presence
  • King Street, Newtown - a mix of students/young professionals
  • Chinatown (CBD) - partly tourist attraction, mainly for Chinese-Australian interests
  • Brighton-le-Sands - strong Greek community focus
  • Darlinghurst - gay and lesbian community

Case study: chinatown

Chinatown, Sydney
  • Centrally located within the city of Sydney
  • Originally developed because of white discrimination about immigrants to Australia in the early 1900s
  • Mainly for Chinese-Australian interests
  • Development of a Chinese community
  • A large student population due to close proximity of educational facilities
  • Significant numbers of overseas-born residents e.g. Chinese, Korean
  • Local shops with Chinese culture and tradition
  • A ‘paifang’ (arch) at each end of the pedestrian street mall
  • Lin Li’s “Golden Water Mouth” statue made from a dead tree trunk is a symbol of good fortune for the Chinese community
  • Market City complex → restaurants, boutique shops, City amusements, Paddy’s Markets flea market
  • Chinese Secret Gardens at Darling Harbour → developed because of Chinatown and the presence of the Chinese community
  • Chinese temples → religious worship occurs in situ
Temple in chinatown


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