Five projects have been awarded and six commended in the 2018 Australian Urban Design Awards, the nation’s premier awards for excellence and innovation in urban design. Chosen from a shortlist of thirty-eight projects, the 2018 winners are a new hospital in Bendigo, the transformation of a former hospital site in Sydney, a revitalization of a main street in outback Queensland, a design guide for central Melbourne and an urban design framework for level crossing removal. The results were announced at a presentation in Sydney on 25 October.
Bill Chandler, chair of the 2018 jury, said the awards were of vital importance at this time. “Australia faces many
challenges in a rapidly changing world: population change, climate change, the transition of energy production from fossil fuels to renewables, transport, affordable living and sustainability,” he said. “These are serious issues and urban design has
a major role to play in creatively addressing them. These awards demonstrate that our urban designers must be and are skilled, innovative and up to the task. They must be leaders, because our politicians are struggling to stay ahead of the game.”
Built projects – city and regional scale
Award: Bendigo Hospital Project by Silver Thomas Hanley with Bates Smart and Oculus.
Commendation: Darling Harbour Transformation by Hassell/Hassell and Populous.
Commendation: Barangaroo South by Aspect Oculus, Lendlease, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
Built projects – local and neighbourhood scale
Award: Former South Sydney Hospital Site – Stage 1 by City of Sydney with Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Design 5, JMD, Sprout Landscape Architecture, CAB, Fox Johnston, Jane Irwin Landscape Architects and CHROFI.
Award: Main Street Barcaldine by M3architecture and Brian Hooper Architect.
Commendation: Railway Square by Place Laboratory.
Leadership, advocacy and research – city and regional scale
Award: Central Melbourne Design Guide by City of Melbourne.
Award: Level Crossing Removal Authority Urban Design Framework by Level Crossing Removal Authority.
Commendation: Urban Choreography: Central Melbourne 1985– by Kim Dovey, Rob Adams and Ronald Jones.
Leadership, advocacy and research – local and neighbourhood scale
Commendation: West Melbourne Structure Plan by City of Melbourne. Commendation: The Living Knowledge Stream Design Guidance for Curtin University by Syrinx Environmental, Sync7, Dr Noel Nannup.
The Australian Urban Design Awards are organized by Architecture Media and convened by the Planning Institute of Australia. urbandesignawards.com.au