Australian Guidelines - Urban Design

Australian guidelines on good urban design for delivery of excellent pubic open space outcomes. 

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Title Organisation/Author  Year  Synopsis  Keywords  Location 
Creating Healthy Neighbourhoods - Consumer preferences for healthy development Heart Foundation  2011 This brochure highlights the results of a community survey and provides some basic guidance on how new developments can appeal to the market demand for healthy neighbourhoods.  Community survey, health, community, urban design, neighbourhood, australia Australia
Creating Places for People - An Urban Design Protocol for Australian Cities Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC)  

Creating Places for People is a collective commitment to best practice urban design in Australia. The protocol is the result of two years of collaboration between peak community and industry organisations, and governments at all levels.

Creating Places for People does not take a one size fits all approach. Instead, it provides broad principles that take into account the unique characteristics of a location and its community, and encourages excellence in the design and custodianship of urban places.

Urban design, urban, community development,  Australia
Linking People + Spaces  Government of Victoria 2002 

Understanding the benefits of public open space on the overall community, its effects overall on urban liveability, conservation, health/wellbeing and bringing the community into the overall planning and development process.

Community development, public open space, benefits, development, community. Australia 
Creating Liveable Open Space  Department of Transport, Planning & Infrastructure, State Government of Victoria  2013

Research has confirmed that convenient access to quality open space has a positive influence on our sense of wellbeing, as well as our physical health.

Urban populations continue to grow and change, open space is in even greater demand. The challenge for planners is to ensure we get the maximum benefit from our existing open space assets and seek opportunities to deliver new open space where there is an identified need.
  Victoria, Australia
Designing Out Crime Guidelines  Western Australian Planning Commission  2006  The Designing Out Crime Planning guidelines are intended to provide local government, government agencies, town centre management, the development industry and planning and design practitioners with an understanding of the principles of designing out
The planning and design of places, spaces and buildings can assist in reducing crime by the application of improvements to lighting, fencing, landscaping and surveillance of the area from buildings and land use. Peoples’ behaviour, particularly in terms of the possibility of offending, as well as an individual’s perception about their safety, can be influenced by the design of that environment. Good design can reduce opportunities for offending and improve feelings of safety. 
Better Places and Spaces: A Policy for the Built Environment in Western Australia  Office of the Government Architect  2013  The Better Places and Spaces Policy was  published  in January  2013  as  the Government’s commitment to improving the quality of public spaces, raising community and industry awareness of good design practice and encouraging sustainable design principles.  The policy has been developed with an Action plan which establishes strategies to enhance the outcomes of the built environment, standards of design for public places and committing to consistent design reviews for State developments.  
The purpose of the policy is to support the benefits and value of architectural and built environment design, in turning spaces into well designed places and rewards model developments. One of the objectives of the Better Places and Spaces Action Plan is to promote better design to ensure quality community facilities that will promote a healthy and attractive place for users and the public.