AUSTRALIA'S peak body for the planning industry last week announced the winners of the 2015 Australia Award for Urban Design, with Western Australian projects and programs taking two of five main awards.
South Australia, Victoria, and Queensland also each received an award.
Brookfield Place, an inner-Perth city block, won the award for a large scale delivered outcome. The project transformed a block left vacant for 30 years into an inviting and engaging public realm.
The Hart's Mill area in Port Adelaide South Australia takes the award for small scale delivered outcome, and revitalises the wharf surrounds of former milling buildings.
A Melbourne-derived potential smartphone app Home:LIFE takes the award for large-scale concept, representing a cutting-edge collaboration between industry and academia, alongside the Sunshine Coast Light Rail plan that wins for large-scale policy, aiming to integrate public transport into linear coastal urban development.
Fremantle's Victoria Quay Enabling Precinct Plan takes the award for small-scale policies, programs and concepts, aiming to unlock the potential of the quay, station and park precincts of Fremantle Port to transform them into commercial destinations.
Commendations go to project and plans in Victoria (4 commendations), and New South Wales (2 commendations).
Kirsty Kelly, CEO of the Planning Institute of Australia, said she is proud that most of the winning urban designs relate to the innovative reuse of spaces for public use, or as is the case with one winner, an innovative web-based planning tool.
"Good urban design creates more attractive, enjoyable and vibrant places for people to live, work and play. High quality urban design is important to improve the liveability as density in our cities increases." Ms Kelly said.
"The economic contribution of urban design is well documented - quite simply, people prefer to spend more time and money in places that are well designed. These awards recognise a range of places that are adding significant social and economic value to their communities."
he Australia Award for Urban Design was established to recognise recent urban design projects of high quality in Australia and to encourage cities, towns and emerging settlements of all sizes to strive for similar improvement. It acknowledges the critical role of good urban design in the development of our cities and towns.
The Award is hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia, with support from the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Green Building Council of Australia, Consult Australia, Engineers Australia, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and the Urban Design Forum.
More is available from the Planning Institute of Australia website at <http://www.planning.org.au/awards/australia-award-for-urban-design-2>.
DELIVERED OUTCOME – Large scale
Award: Brookfield Place, HASSELL, Fitzpatrick + Partners & Brookfield (WA)
Commendation: Sydney Light Rail Inner West Extension, HBO and EMTB Urban Landscape Design, Transport for NSW and Aurecon, (NSW)
Commendation: Dandenong Civic Centre, rush/wright associates, Lyons Architecture and Material Thinking (Vic)
DELIVERED OUTCOME – Small scale
Award: Port Adelaide Renewal: Hart's Mill Surrounds (Aspect Studios, Mulloway Studio and Renewal, (SA)
Commendation: RMIT University A'Beckett Urban Square, Peter Elliot, Architecture + Urban Design, Arup, Taylor Cullity Lethlean and DCWC, (Vic)
Commendation: Jewell of Brunswick, Moreland City Council, Victoria Police, Department of Justice and Melbourne Water (Vic)
Commendation: Sydney Water Mural Program, Sydney Water (NSW)
POLICIES, PROGRAMS & CONCEPTS – Large Scale
Award (Concepts): Home:LIFE Making Livable Affordable and Sustainable Housing, SJB Urban, RMIT University
Award (Programs): Sunshine Coast Light Rail: shaping our future. Sunshine Coast Council and HASSELL
Commendation: Better Apartments Policy, NSW Department of Planning and Environment (NSW)
POLICIES, PROGRAMS & CONCEPTS – Small Scale
Award: Victoria Quay Enabling Precinct Plans, CODA, Fremantle Ports, Allerding and Associates and Creating Communities (WA)
Commendation: A Performative Landscape, Schored Projects (Vic)