This year has seen fresh activity in the WA Urban Design Chapter of PIA, and especially the establishment of ‘Urban Design Fora’; informal bimonthly gatherings of likeminded professionals, and passionate players. Since November last year, the Chapter has held six Fora, featuring almost twenty speakers in total. The papers on page three of this UDF edition are a capture of presentations by two of those speakers, and we hope to bring you more in future editions of UDF.
Don Newman has written about the design history of one of Perth’s pre-eminent Garden City Suburbs, and reminds us that the key to timeless design rests with melding ideas with a sensitivity to place; the land’s topography and vegetation.
Greg Grabasch speaks to a similar concern from a contemporary perspective. Grabasch critiques one of the elements of Liveable Neighbourhoods, WA’s principal urban design code, which is currently under review. His light-hearted piece questions whether the seminal and award-winning Liveable Neighbourhoods has been misunderstood and misused.