The Jury’s citation for the successful nomination – Melbourne Docklands – an Innovative Strategy for Designed Development, is as follows:
‘Melbourne Docklands has emerged as a global place with important local roots – and one of Australia’s fastest-moving urban redevelopment initiatives. It required a home-grown approach to both guiding and enabling developer and designer creativity, within a flexible yet well-structured set of design and environmental performance expectations. For ten years, it has required unwavering continuity across political eras, intensity and perseverance of administration, and a keen eye for opportunities in innovating the process itself. This award is given to the former Melbourne Docklands Authority, now VicUrban, under the management of John Tabart and his team.’
A depth of innovation and high quality
Jury Chair, Professor Peter Droege, reports: ‘This year there were 23 nominations, again demonstrating an extraordinary array of important work, in a number of categories, across a range of states and territories. As a report on the state of urban design in Australia, it shows a depth of innovative and high quality urban achievements. However, truly successful suburban change and convincingly sustainable forms of development continue to be elusive. It is interesting to note that there is heritage recognition of high quality suburban developments such as the 1930s Castlecraig by the Griffins, and the 1970s Winter Park by Graeme Gunn and Merchant Builders. It is a moot point though: in 30 years time, will any of today‘s suburban developments be recognised as continuing that high quality heritage?’
As well as the Australia Award, four Merit Awards and two Category Awards have also been given.