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Australia's Best Urban Designers Revealed

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Drawn from a high calibre of entries from across Australia’s cities, towns and communities, the recipients of the 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards were announced on October 13, 2016.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took the time send a congratulatory message to the finalists, saying the projects and designs up for the award will enhance our cities’ built environments for the people they must serve, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

"Stronger collaboration is at the heart of my Government’s Smart Cities Plan, and the planning and design professions have a vital role in cities in Australia. I am honoured to be a patron of the Australian Urban Design Awards, which promotes standout contributions in your field," he said.

Through four awards categories, the Australian Urban Design Awards covered a broad range of urban design work, from built projects and initiatives to publications and reports that will make a difference to the places, spaces, building and infrastructure of Australia’s cities, towns and regions.

“Good urban design is about delivering great places for people," Planning Institute of Australia Chief Executive Officer Kirsty Kelly said.

"Creating great places is a team sport – it takes skilled professionals across a range of disciplines working together with the guidance of the community to deliver outcomes (or places) of lasting value.”

Chandler Consulting Services Director William Chandler OAM, a jury chair for this year's awards, said the awards were a way to face the issues of tomorrow.

“Australia faces many challenges in a rapidly changing world – population change, extreme weather events and climate change, the transition of energy production, transport, housing affordability, and sustainability. These are serious issues and urban design has a major role to play in creatively addressing them," he said.
2016 Australian Urban Design Awards recipients

Australia Award for Urban Design, Delivered Outcome – Large Scale

2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

Entry: Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project (Sydney, New South Wales)Team: Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio and Dragonfly Environmental
Commendations for Urban Design, Delivered Outcome – Large Scale
Entry: Monash University Clayton Campus Masterplan (Clayton, Victoria)Team: MGS Architects and Masterplanners, Monash University and Monash University Design ConsultancyEntry: Esperance Waterfront (Esperance, Western Australia)Team: Hassell
Australia Award for Urban Design, Delivered Outcome – Small Scale

2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

Entry: Bowen Place Crossing (Bowen Place, ACT)Team: Lahznimmo Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels
Australia Award for Urban Design, Delivered Outcome – Small Scale

2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

Entry: The Goods Line (Sydney, New South Wales)Team: ASPECT Studios, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, CHROFI and Gartner Rose
Commendations for Urban Design, Delivered Outcome – Small Scale
Entry: City Beach Surf Club and Commercial Development (Perth, Western Australia)Team: Christou Design GroupEntry: Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal (Brisbane, Queensland)Team: Cox Architecture + Aurecon + Lat27
Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts – Large Scale

2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

Entry: Turramurra Community Hub Masterplan (Sydney, New South Wales)Team: CHROFI in association with Ku-ring-gai Council
Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts – Large Scale

2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

Entry: Green Square Town Centre (Sydney, New South Wales)Team: City of Sydney
Commendations – for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts - Large Scale
Entry: Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade - Reference Urban Design Framework (Brisbane, Queensland)Team: Fred StEntry: Capital Metro - Canberra Light Rail (Canberra, ACT)Team: HASSELL, Arup and Transport Canberra
Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts – Small Scale

2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

Entry: WGV at White Gum Valley (White Gum Valley, Western Australia)Team: CODA Studio, Urbis, Landcorp and Josh Byrne and Associates Established in 1996 by Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Urban Design Task Force, the Australian Urban Design Award is convened by the PIA and organised by Architecture Media.

The awards program is supported by nine peak bodies from across the built environment – the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Green Building Council of Australia, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Consult Australia, Engineers Australia, Urban Design Forum and Government Architects Network Australia.

In 2016 the principal partner is Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia with supporting partners Holcim, iGuzzini, PTA Landscapes, Queensland Government and Concrete Masonry Association of Australia.

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