The UDF book ‘Urban Voices – celebrating urban design in Australia’ has been very well received and is selling well. We have even had one purchaser very excited to have found an early Christmas present for his wife!
Urban design in Australia is a work in progress. One of the aims of the book is to stimulate dialogue about how the review of the past 25 years can provide a guide to creatively addressing contemporary challenges for urban design. The intention for this publication is to provide a useful reference book, a resource that can assist future planning and design action in our cities and towns.
Juris Greste wants to take it a step further. He says ‘As I work through Urban Voices, I cannot help thinking that collectively it is a mine of material for a film or TV documentary on our cities. Although at various local levels urban issues topics get turned over, in the light of the Federal government’s apparent disinterest in urban issues, perhaps it is time to work towards a major statement (documentary) about the directions of our cities and towns. I cannot help thinking of Rob Adams concluding comment in the book, that ‘cities are a game we cannot afford to get wrong’.
By now most readers will know that ‘Urban Voices’ is a compendium of contributions from a wide range of people interested in both how our cities and towns function and the quality of life they deliver. It includes essays from 53 authors, and has 220 pages with 400 photos and graphics. It is hard cover format and printed in Australia, and is interesting, useful and handsome.
Surprise your family, friends and colleagues with a Christmas present that is unique! To obtain your copy, which includes a CD of the first 100 editions of Urban Design Forum quarterly, order through www.udf.org.au The book price is $75, including GST. The CD is free. Pack and post for Australia is $15, for New Zealand is $25, and at-cost for the rest of the world.