The Jury members reviewed all nominations, and identified any potential conflicts of interest, which were duly recognised by modification of the assessment process. The Jury met in Sydney on Melbourne Cup Day, and reached unanimous decisions about the Award. The published criteria used for the assessments were as follows. The nomination should:
- contribute to a wider appreciation of urban design
- be important to current societal issues
- connect to locality, past and tradition
- demonstrate excellence
- help restore ecological health
- makes a significant cultural contribution
- be purposeful and innovative
- be open to transformation
As well as giving the Australia Award to Melbourne Docklands (see page 1), the Jury presented four Merit Awards and two Category Award, illustrated below.
Merit Award: Leadership
Landcom has consistently pursued an evolving program of quality commitments – in urban design, ESD and forward-based development innovation on brownfields sites. Under the leadership of Managing Director Sean O’Toole, committed staff and a dedicated Board, through the 1990s and early 2000s Landcom has paved the way for better practice in new-release area planning and design; inner-city redevelopment of surplus land and public facilities; and town centre development.
They have always applied fair market-based principles, while sustaining an unwavering commitment to urban design procurement and delivery. Importantly, Landcom has influenced other agencies and developers across Australia.
Merit Award: Urban Development
QV by NH Architecture, Victoria
Melbourne is at once tradition-rich and innovative. In seeking to maintain pace with urban change and to compete with new commercial and retail installations at the periphery of the CBD, the city has accommodated a new and complex development in surprising density and richness. While it still has to stand the test of time, the QV complex promises to become a loved and enduring mixed-use facility, emulating traditional quasi-public urban spaces, arcades, alleys and opening doors to the imagination of a series of well-regarded Australian designers. This is an important contribution to urban experimentation in Australia.
Merit Award: Metropolitan Strategy
‘A Distinct Advantage’ by Planning SA
Planning South Australia is to be highly commended for its comprehensive and well-crafted look at the metropolitan region as a whole, in a time when fragmentation and development myopia seem to be the rule. This general framework will lend itself very well to future development and refinement, as a framework for Adelaide’s evolving sustainable development efforts – as well as for further interpretation by local governments and communities.
Category Award: Public Domain
Victoria Park Urban Renewal by Hassell and the Government Architects Office of NSW
This award is specifically dedicated to the designers of one of the most important public domains and space networks in Australia today. The team was an amalgamation of a private company and a public design unit, and it overcame the challenges of a design organisational setting such as this. It is also an encouragement to push the innovations embedded in Sydney’s Victoria Park further, and learn from this pioneering effort, which is increasingly praised and appreciated by the growing new population in and around Victoria Park.
Category Award: Heritage Waterfront
Walsh Bay Redevelopment, Phase A by the Walsh Bay Partnership and HPA (in association with PTW) Architects
This once controversial development proposal has been realized in an exceedingly well-mannered transformation of the historical Walsh Bay dock and storage shed area. Besides exclusive residences set in a reinterpretation of the transformed wharf fingers, the precinct accommodates substantial and complete public access, office areas, cultural facilities, hotels and restaurants. Credit for initial ideas and inspirations goes also to architect Philippe Robert, and NSW Government Architect Chris Johnson.
Merit Award: Urban Guidelines
Bondi Junction Town Square Precinct Urban Design Master Plan by Jahn Associates (Architects), NSW
To tame massive retail environments and other large-scale infrastructure assets in inner city areas has become a key challenge in the race to compete with ex-urban shopping malls, or to respond to pressures exerted by the retail industry. This is a particularly well-developed yet simple example of urban design guidelines and interventions that promise to go very far in making the new Bondi Junction a safe, comfortable and delightful experience.