The winners of the australian 2021 Urban design award were announced in an online presentation on Tuesday, October 26. The awards recognize the highest quality contemporary Australian urban design and aim to encourage innovation in the built environment in cities, towns and communities. They are co-organized by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Five projects received awards in this year’s program and six other projects received commendation. In the Built Projects category – city and regional scale Goyder Square, Palmerston by Hatch RobertsDay and Turf Design Studio with Electrolight were announced as the winners, with the jury praising the project for “changing the game regarding the use of our urban spaces”.
“The profitable transformation of the site is a model for many other cities which have a dead zone of parking and asphalt at their center,” noted the jury. “This project claims that with the contribution of the community and the courage of local government and business, good urban design has the ability to transform lost and soulless spaces into attractive green places that put people first and revitalize the local economy.
In the Built Projects – Local and Neighborhood Scale category, two awards were given – Prahran Square in Melbourne by Lyons Architecture and Aspect Studios, and The Canopy Precinct by Arcadia Landscape Architecture and Scott Carver Landscape Architecture.
“[Prahran Square demonstrates] a smart way to better utilize ground-level parking sites, prioritizing public use that meets the needs of a growing and diverse population in a highly urban environment, ”the first quote reads. The jury also celebrated Sydney’s The Canopy Precinct project for its innovative conversion from austere ground floor parking lot to flexible public space.
“The relocation of surface car parks in all centers must be accelerated through examples such as [The Canopy Precinct], which meets the needs of open space and public use of an intensification area, while achieving successful business and environmental outcomes integrated into its surroundings, ”said the jury.
Darwin Civic and State Square by TCL and QUT Campus to Country by BVN performed best in the Leadership, Advocacy and Research – City and Region Scale and Leadership, Advocacy and Research – Local and Neighborhood Categories, respectively .
The winners are: