The book was produced to increase awareness of the growing trend towards New Urbanism, and the practitioners who work together to improve the quality and sustainability of our urbanism. The projects represented in the book are diverse in size and nature and include urban centre revitalizations, brownfield redevelopments, new mixed town centres, public and private sector greenfield urban extensions, and sustainable growth codes and strategic plans.
The Guide is organised as a state-by-state summary of projects. Each project page features a quick reference section on the developer, designers, project type/size and locality details. A project summary and key features are included, together with selected plans and illustrations. Details of websites and contacts for further information are included for each project.
Of all the states, by far the best range and number of examples can be found in Western Australia, mainly in Perth. Perth has exemplary major urban infill projects, urban extensions, urban regeneration examples, and related codes and strategic plans. Sydney also is emerging as a region with a reasonable range of projects.
A key purpose of the guide is to provide location details to encourage interested practitioners, regulators and developers to visit the projects. Most projects included in this book are completed or under construction, and there is much to learn from studying these projects on the ground. Many of the projects are ‘hybrids’, with only partial demonstration of New Urbanist projects. However, all represent significant steps forward in producing a denser, walkable mixed use urban form with a high quality public realm for Australian urban contexts.
The first edition was produced principally for the attendees at the Australian Congress For New Urbanism, a three-day conference held in Sydney from 4-6 August, 2005, and for the Transit-oriented Development Conference held in Perth in early July. There are a limited number of copies still available for $25 including postage and handling. For copies, please contact Dee at ESD via email at [email protected] or ph 03 9481 0637.
A second edition is now proposed, probably due out in early 2006. To submit a project that demonstrates the principles and practice of New Urbanism for the next edition, contact ESD for submission details. Feedback on the current edition is also welcome.
For information and updates on New Urbanism activities in Australia, refer to www.acnu.org. This website was established for the recent Congress and is being revised to act as a broader source of information on Australian New Urbanism.