‘Beautiful, welcoming and sustainable’: 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards

The winners of the 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards have been announced. From 52 shortlisted entries, 10 have received awards and commendations across categories for built projects as well as leadership, advocacy and research.

Announced in Melbourne on 30 October, the awards recognize contemporary Australian urban design of the highest quality and aim to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country.

“At a time when the ‘wicked problems’ confronting our urban environments and the communities they support are dramatically rising, this year’s award winners are proof-positive that Australia’s urban designers are equal to that challenge,” said Malcolm Snow, jury chair and CEO of the City Renewal Authority in Canberra.

“All of the winning projects unequivocally demonstrate that their designers and clients have both the insight and skills to make places that are beautiful, welcoming and sustainable. In their different contexts they all put people and the quality of the place experience at the centre of their design research or solutions. This is a hallmark of outstanding urban design ensuring that both current and future generations of Australians are the beneficiaries.”

The winners are:

Built projects – city and regional scale

Awards

Howard Smith Wharves (Qld) – HSW Nominees, Urbis and Woods Bagot

Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building (NSW) – McGregor Coxall and Chrofi

Commendation

Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project (Vic) – Aspect Studios with Cox Architecture

Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale

Awards

Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct (Vic) – Tract

Flour Mill of Summer Hill (NSW) – Hassell

Commendations

Bridge of Remembrance (Tas) – Denton Corker Marshall

Rosanna Station (Vic) – MGS Architects and Jacobs Architects

Leadership, advocacy and research – city and regional scale

Award

Building Height Standards Review project (Tas) – Leigh Woolley Architect and Urban Design Consultant

Commendation

Automated and Zero Emission Vehicles – How They Might Reshape our Streets (Vic) – Ethos Urban and Urban Circus

Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale

Commendation

Engaging the community in the principles of urban design: Serious Urban Play (Qld) – University of the Sunshine Coast

The Australian Urban Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and convened by the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and Australian Institute of Architects.

The awards are supported by Holcim, the Queensland Government, Stormtech and Tait.

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