Urban design occurs across all parts of a city, from the inner city to the suburbs and outer metropolitan fringe. Urban design is relevant to developments, whatever their nature and size. City-wide transport and infrastructure networks, urban infill projects, regional towns, new suburban developments, shopping malls, streets, office blocks, university campuses and hospitals are all the result of urban design. High quality urban design becomes even more important as we increase the density of our cities and cater for a growing and changing population. It requires excellent planning, design and management of our built environment and the supporting social and economic infrastructure. Creating Places for People: an urban design protocol for Australian cities (the Protocol) establishes 12 broadly agreed principles for quality urban places in Australia. These principles can be applied to any project or location – whether it is in a large capital city, regional centre or rural town.
The Urban Design Protocol is founded on five pillars: productivity, sustainability, liveability, leadership and design excellence. When integrated together, these pillars form the aim of the Protocol: to create productive, sustainable and liveable places for people through leadership and the integration of design excellence.