PIA has announced the winners of the 2015 Australia Award for Urban Design.
Brookfield Place, an inner-Perth city block takes out the main gong – the award for a large scale delivered outcome. The project transformed a block left vacant for 30 years into an inviting and engaging public realm.
The Hart’s Mill area in Port Adelaide South Australia takes the award for small scale delivered outcome, and revitalises the wharf surrounds of former milling buildings.
A Melbourne-derived potential smartphone app Home:LIFE takes the award for large-scale concept, representing a cutting-edge collaboration between industry and academia, alongside the Sunshine Coast Light Rail plan that wins for large-scale policy, aiming to integrate public transport into linear coastal urban development.
Fremantle’s Victoria Quay Enabling Precinct Plan takes the award for small-scale policies, programs and concepts, aiming to unlock the potential of the quay, station and park precincts of Fremantle Port to transform them into commercial destinations.
PIA CEO Kirsty Kelly, says she is proud most of the winning urban designs relate to the innovative reuse of spaces for public use, or as is the case with one winner, an innovative web-based planning tool:
“Good urban design creates more attractive, enjoyable and vibrant places for people to live, work and play. High quality urban design is important to improve the liveability as density in our cities increases.” Ms Kelly says, “The economic contribution of urban design is well documented – quite simply, people prefer to spend more time and money in places that are well designed. These awards recognise a range of places that are adding significant social and economic value to their communities.”
“I would like congratulate everyone involved in the projects we celebrate tonight, and thank all those that entered,” Ms Kelly said “By holding the Award each year we remind the community of the critical importance of planning, design and innovation in our ever-changing built environment.”
Delivered Outcome – Large Scale
Award – Brookfield Place
Project Team – HASSELL, Fitzpatrick + Partners & Brookfield
Commendation – Sydney Light Rail Inner West Extension
Project Team –HBO+EMTB Urban Landscape Design, Transport for NSW & Aurecon
Commendation – Dandenong Civic Centre
Project Team – rushwright associates; Lyons Architecture & Material Thinking
Delivered Outome – Small Scale
Award – Port Adelaide Renewal: Hart’s Mill Surrounds
Project Team – Aspect Studios, Mulloway Studio & Renewal SA
Commendation – RMIT University A’Beckett Urban Square
Project Team – Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design, Arup, Taylor Cullity Lethlean & DCWC
Commendation – The Jewell of Brunswick
Project Team – Moreland City Council, Victoria Police, Department of Justice & Melbourne Water
Commendation – Sydney Water Mural Program
Project Team – Sydney Water
Policies, Programs & Concepts – Large Scale (Two awards given)
The committee felt that this category divided into two groups – concepts and policies without physicality and those related to place. Two projects were awarded.
Award – Home:LIFE Making Livable Affordable & Sustainable Housing Choices
Project Team – SJB Urban & RMIT University
Award – Sunshine Coast Light Rail: Shaping Our Future
Project Team – Sunshine Coast Council & HASSELL
Commendation – Better Apartments Policy
Project Team – NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Policies, Programs & Concepts – Small Scale
Award – Victoria Quay Enabling Precinct Plans
Project Team – CODA, Fremantle Ports, Allerding & Associates & Creating Communities
Commendation – A Performative Landscape
Project Team – Schored Projects
For more information on the winners and commendations (including citations) click here