Is it time? A National Policy on Architecture and Urban Design

Smart nations are recognising the role of national architecture and built environment policies as fundamental instruments in securing a better future. Statements of intent and actions are guiding decisions that shape the cultural, social, environmental and economic quality of life for their citizens. Surprisingly, in Australia we don’t have a unifying national policy, however the debate about the role of a national design agenda is progressing. The time is right to explore the how, what and why of architecture and built environment policies to inform the Australian debate.

It will include discussion on:
_Leadership and delivery;
_Education, skills and advocacy;
_Sustainability, accessibility and inclusive design; and
_Cultural context and built heritage.

This paper will outline:
_The role and importance of architecture and built environment policies at a national level;
_An analyses of international case studies; and
_Explore a theoretical framework and case for the adoption of an Australian policy on architecture and the built environment.

Mr Adam Davies, Principal, HASSELL

The 4th International Urban Design Conference 2011
21st to 23rd of September, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, Queensland

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