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2018 Australian Urban Design Awards: Commendation for Leadership, Advocacy and Research – Local and Neighbourhood Scale

West Melbourne Structure Plan by City of Melbourne

Jury citation:

This plan is notable for its design-led, place-based approach, setting out a clear strategic framework to guide the renewal of an inner-city neighbourhood. Adroitly addressing and resolving competing issues through an innovative set of strategic policies, it ensures that the urban change process protects and strengthens the area’s unique qualities. The plan proposes integrated solutions to a diverse set of environmental planning challenges, including heritage, density, the provision of green infrastructure and the promotion of active travel modes.

A key foundation of the plan’s wide acceptance has been robust and effective community engagement, including peer design review. It is particularly commendable for how it will facilitate the translation of strategic intent into statutory controls to ensure the desired built environment and community-endorsed vision is realized. Too often, comparable documents fail to provide clear guidance around how good urban design policy intentions are realized “on the ground.”

Location: Melbourne (VIC)



Published online: 26 Oct 2018
Words: LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk
Images: City of Melbourne


Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2018

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