6 December 2011
Australian urban design protocol released
A new tool that will help improve the quality and useability of our public spaces and city buildings launched last week at the fifth annual State of Australian Cities Conference, held at the University of Melbourne.
A plain-English ‘how-to’ guide and check list known as Creating Places for People – an urban design protocol for Australian cities, will help guide decision makers and professionals whose work affects the built environment, as well as members of the public who care about the design of their local community.
This document, along with the www.urbandesign.gov.au site, is designed to help produce the attractive, high-quality sustainable places in which people will want to live, work and relax.
It sets out the common sense principles which underpin good urban design and provides sound, practical advice for avoiding the planning mistakes which too often create neighbourhoods characterised by high crime rates, poor health outcomes, social isolation, joblessness, poor housing and a lack of basic services.