$2.65 million urban planning reform for South Australia

March 2, 2010

Institute says funding for design-led urban planning and government architect in Adelaide signals end of ‘ad hoc’ planning.

The South Australian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has welcomed the government’s financial aid for urban design projects in Adelaide, saying the support opens the door for “holistic urban planning” in the city.

The Federal Government announced it will provide up to $2.65 million in support of four urban planning and local government reform projects in South Australia. Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese said that $1 million of this would go towards an Integrated Design Strategy, focusing on improving the productivity, liveability and sustainability of the city, and planning for future growth.

The funding follows the creation of an Integrated Design Commission, Advisory Board and Government Architect by South Australia premier, Mike Rann, in December 2009.

AIA SA Chapter President Tim Horton said the Institute expected the Integrated Design Strategy (IDS) would map out an urban design vision for Adelaide, before applying it elsewhere across the state.

Horton explained: “Good design is about anticipating the needs of our communities, and planning in a holistic and sustainable way… But good design can only occur where there’s a design consciousness, and where there’s support. Having Commonwealth support for the IDS demonstrates deep commitment and support for better design in our cities. The era of the ad hoc is over.”

The Integrated Design Commission was proposed in December 2009 by Professor Laura Lee, a Thinker in Residence who worked alongside the AIA to outline nine preliminary recommendations for the city of Adelaide.

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