New precinct category added to Good Design Awards

The 2020 instalment of the Good Design Awards will add a new category for Precinct Design to the existing 10 categories for architecture.

Dating back to 1958, the program recognizes design across a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, fashion, engineering, communications and products.

The program focuses not only on the finished design, but also on the design approach that produced it. The new Precinct Design category has been established “to recognize and celebrate the critical role of design in the planning and development of new precincts.

“In particular, projects where a holistic design approach includes elements such transport, education, health and other services – all designed to improve the quality of life for people and contribute to better economic, social and environmental outcomes.”

Previous architectural winners have included Breathe Architecture’s proof-of-concept Nightingale 1 housing project, the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership and the Australian Himalayan Foundation’s post-earthquake lightweight school building program in Nepal, designed by Taylor Thomson Whitting, Ken McBryde and Davenport-Campbell and David Francis.

Good Design Australia CEO Brandon Gien said in a statement, “Our world is crying out for cutting edge-design innovations that are solving problems, improving our quality of life and helping our planet move towards a more sustainable future for us all. This message is central to the Good Design Awards and the innovative projects the program attracts and showcases each year.”

Entries are open until 27 March.

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