(Tract Consultants and Cairns City Council, Queensland). The judges said, “This scheme is imaginative and bold and makes a major contribution to the Cairns foreshore. It initiates change which adds to the life of the city and offers opportunities for both Cairns citizens and visitors.
Darebin High Street Urban Design Framework
(David Lock Associates, in association with Planisphere and Darebin City Council, Victoria.) The judges said: “This project tackles one of the key urban challenges – how to manage change, in some instances significant change, in a manner that does not alienate stakeholders and builds on a sense of identity for a somewhat disjointed cluster of commercial and retail activities in an inner urban commercial and retail ‘strip’. This study successfully meets the challenge as it not only addresses and describes a broad vision for the precinct, however it also makes achievable and comprehensible recommendations about implementation including a practical and a cost effective capital works program. The panel believes this project embodies a thoughtful and achievable urban design analysis and implementation program based on strong stakeholder consultation.”
PIA Urban Design Chapter
The Chapter is based on a broad definition of urban design, and skills which include:
- definition and analysis of urban design tasks;
- development of urban design concepts, programs, policies and plans;
- successful implementation strategies;
- performance evaluation of urban design projects, policies and processes;
- interaction with communities and public and private planning institutions; and
- innovation and development of knowledge.
The key areas of design competency include: Public domain design; Urban development project design; Urban architectural design; Adaptive reuse and urban infill design; Open space design ; Urban landscape design; Public infrastructure design; Development control plan preparation; Master planning; and Structure planning. Associated areas of competency include; Urban context analysis; User needs, use pattern and other forms of urban design program analysis; Design brief preparation; Strategic planning; and Stakeholder goal finding processes.
PIA UD Chapter aims
The PIA Urban Design Chapter aims to:
- promote urban design as a means of creating environmentally sustainable, accessible, efficient, beautiful, equitable and culturally rich places, towns, cities, regions and landscapes across Australia and all of its States and Territories, and internationally;
- promote urban design as an expanding and common professional focus, activity and concern across a number of disciplines;
- establish discourse among its members and others associated with the field, nationally, at state and territory levels and internationally; advance and support professional skills development and knowledge building, by pursuing research, educational and training activities, and by organising seminars, conferences and other appropriate forms of internal and external outreach;
- develop, advise on and assess both institutional and individual competency and skills standards for use in PIA procedures, and, as applicable, for the benefit of other institutes, universities, industry bodies, professional requirements and employers;
- enlist the support and participation of other concerned and interested professional organisations, and government, industry and civic groups in the pursuit of these aims;
- work with appropriate educational organizations to nurture useful research, teaching and civic-minded advice;
- serve as a reliable voice and public advocate for good urban design, through public statements, community events and professional conferences, as well as the facilitation of professional advisory services – independent of vested government or industry interests;
- maintain and manage the Australia Award for Urban Design Excellence as an annual national recognition of leadership and innovation in areas of exceptional importance, promise and community relevance;
- support the establishment of a national, inter-disciplinary Urban Design Alliance of Australia as well as State and Territory based efforts, as a national platform for all related professional institutes and other bodies. Chapter membership requirements The qualifications and experience required for corporate membership are:
- Tertiary degree in Urban Design at the PhD, Master, Bachelor or Diploma level, from an accredited Australian university, or equivalent international tertiary institution; and
- Minimum of two years experience in urban design, in one or several key areas of design competency, as well as three or more associated areas of competency and other, closely related areas of practice., OR
- Tertiary degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or other built environment field at the PhD, Master, Bachelor or Diploma level, from an accredited Australian university, or equivalent international tertiary institution; and
- Minimum of five years experience in urban design, in one or several key areas design of design competency, as well as three or more of the associated areas of competency and other, closely related areas of practice.