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The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has hailed the Integrated Design Commission announcement from South Australia premier Mike Rann as visionary.
Announcing the creation of the IDC, Rann said that the Commission, will have an enabling and coordinating role, and will advise us on how we can better improve the quality of life of our cities and communities around the state through better design, and by fostering innovation, adding that it would not be another level of bureaucracy.
The IDC would be led by a Commissioner and supported by an advisory board, including a Government Architect, he said.
The AIA SA Chapter President, Timothy Horton, said that previously the state had lagged behind other states, and had failed to recognise the place for design thinking in policy. SA has been the only Australian state without a government architect to provide strategic advice to the government of the day on the built environment.
Describing 2010 as a make-or-break year for the state, Horton said that the commission would co-ordinate the activities of local and state government agencies, which currently act independently, creating vibrant precincts and building better communities.
Premier Rann explained that the Commission would encompass all aspects of urban planning including the heritage versus development debate, green areas within the city, improved roads and public transport. It would also ensure resources are appropriately managed within a changing climate.
The Commission was proposed by Thinker in Residence, Professor Laura Lee, who worked in collaboration with local architects, planners and businesses, and local and state governments. The AIA also worked closely with Professor Lee on the development of the IDC, and awarded her an Honorary Fellowship of the AIA in July.
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