Who would have thought? A preliminary chat among a small number of urban design enthusiasts in Melbourne; some abortive attempts to get those same people together for a meeting; the decision to ‘have lunch’ instead of a meeting: and Urban Design Forum was born!
That was in 1986. An early decision was to produce a quarterly publication – a diverse, inclusive forum – for wide distribution. Despite shoe-string budgets, this is the hundredth edition of that publication.
Readers will be aware that rather than attempt to produce a super-glossy collector’s item for the 100th, a more substantial compendium of writings from a range of about 35 authors is in progress. The initiators of the compendium, John Byrne, Bruce Echberg and Bill Chandler, were a little optimistic about the timing – so if you intended to give copies to your friends and family for Christmas, it may have to be a rain check until the New Year.
The final contributions for the compendium are now being received, and preparation of the book is underway. The limited edition book will be available for purchase (it has to be self-funding), as will a CD containing copies of all of the 100 UDF editions. If you want to reserve a copy, send an email to [email protected] ASAP to assist in determining print run.
This 100th edition continues the tradition of including a diverse range of articles about urban design. Thank you to all of the contributors over the 25 years of publication, and a range of supporters, particularly Melbourne City Council. Notwithstanding the widespread use of electronic media (see www.udf.org.au), it seems that the hard copy format is still strongly desired – so look forward to UDF 101 in March 2013. * Don’t forget to keep your articles coming. Simple rules: interesting and well-written, about 500 words, and a couple of 300 dpi jpeg pics*****