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Creating Places for People: an urban design protocol for Australian cities

Creating Places for People: Urban Design Protocol

Creating Places for People is a collective commitment to best practice urban design in Australia. The protocol is the result of two years of collaboration between peak community and industry organisations, and governments at all levels.

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Creating Places for People: Urban Design Protocol

The quality of our neighbourhoods, towns and cities has a significant impact on our daily lives. Quality urban design makes a valuable contribution to our economy, our natural and built environments, and the liveability of our cities. It helps local businesses thrive. It attracts people to visit, live and work in a location. It considers the landscape, encourages biodiversity and incorporates natural ecosystems. It has an important influence on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. It provides opportunities for healthy lifestyles and community interaction.

Creating Places for People does not take a one size fits all approach. Instead, it provides broad principles that take into account the unique characteristics of a location and its community, and encourages excellence in the design and custodianship of urban places.

To avoid misrepresentation of this resource, the above summary is taken directly from the Creating Places for People foreword.

Organisations Involved

The following organisations were involved in the creation of the Urban Design Protocol and others are encouraged to embrace and adopt the Urban Design Protocol.

  • Australian Government
  • Planning Officials Group (State and Territory Planning Departments)
  • New South Wales Government Government Architect’s Office
  • Office of the Victorian Government Architect
  • Queensland Government Office of the Government Architect
  • Western Australia Government Office of the Government Architect
  • South Australia Government Office of the Government Architect
  • Integrated Design Commission South Australia
  • Tasmanian Government Office of the State Architect
  • Australian Capital Territory Office of the Government Architect
  • Australian Local Government Association
  • Council of Capital City Lord Mayors
  • National Growth Areas Alliance
  • National Heart Foundation of Australia
  • Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • Australian Institute of Architects
  • Green Building Council of Australia
  • Australian Green Infrastructure Council
  • Property Council of Australia
  • Consult Australia
  • Water Services Association of Australia

Related Resources

A complimentary urban design website has been created which includes State and Territory fact sheets with examples of State based urban design guides and handbooks.

The following National urban policy and guidelines may also be of relevance:

National Urban Policy - Our Cities, Our Future

National Urban Policy - Our Cities, Our Future

On 18 May 2011, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport released Our Cities, Our Future - A National Urban Policy for a productive, sustainable and liveable future.

Healthy Spaces & Places

Healthy Spaces & Places

Healthy Spaces and Places is a national guide for planning, designing and creating sustainable communities that encourage healthy living.