A regular feature of winter in Canberra is when the Australia Award for Urban Design dinner sees accolades go to the country’s best designers and a diverse range of people involved in planning, designing, financing and developing cities and towns get up close to senior Ministers in Parliament House. This year should be particularly interesting, with a new Federal Government and a radical May Budget to discuss. The festivities kick off with the AAUD dinner Monday 14 July 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. It’s a great venue and, after the awards are presented, there will be an opportunity to view the unique and interesting portrait collection during the evening. BEMP 2014: Productivity by Design, will be all day Tuesday 15 July 2014 in Parliament House, Canberra. Key speakers will include: Hon. Greg Hunt MP; Barbara Norman, Past President of PIA; John Thwaites, Chair of ClimateWorks Australia, Monash University; Rene Van Meeuwen, Director of design group felix; Garry Bowditch, CEO of Smart Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong; and Tanya Cox, Director of Green Building Council of Australia. Booking for both events are essential. See www.planning.org.au for details. Australia Award for Urban Design The Australia Award for Urban Design was created by Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Urban Design Taskforce and was first awarded in 1996. The Award was established to recognise recent urban design projects of high quality in Australia and to encourage cities, towns and emerging settlements of all sizes to strive for similar improvement. It acknowledges the critical role of good urban design in the development of our cities and towns.
The AAUD, premier award for excellence and innovation in all elements of urban design in Australia, is hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia, with support from the Australian Institute of Architects, Property Council of Australia, Green Building Council of Australia, Consult Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and the Urban Design Forum. The Award intent and scope is broad with entries for design initiatives, projects, built developments, and publications that will make a significant difference to the places, spaces, buildings and infrastructure of our cities. The award winners, partners and stakeholders are held in high esteem within the industry, among peers and are widely recognised in the media. Built Environment Meets Parliament Australia’s cities are crucibles of national productivity. This year’s BEMP will turn the spotlight on a new generation of design solutions that will unlock waves of economic and social dividends in our cities. Great design unleashes creative solutions that accelerate opportunity. BEMP 2014 will showcase design in all its facets, design that:
- joins up our cities and better connects people, ideas and commerce
- delivers greater resilience and sustainability • radically transforms the way we build cities and communities
- simultaneously boosts productivity • opens up clever approaches to
- infrastructure financing and funding
- elevates liveability and inclusivity.