Rouse Hill Town Centre wins global urban design award

Oct 15, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Brett Boardman

Rouse Hill Town Centre has been awarded in the 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Global Awards for Excellence, winning one of five awards for “outstanding developments” in land use practice.

Rouse Hill Town Centre was designed by local architects Rice Daubney, Allen Jack+Cottier and Group GSA alongside Civitas Urban Design and Planning, with landscape architects Oculus for developers GPT. The development in Western Sydney features a shopping centre precinct, restaurants, apartments, office space and a cinema. The jury awarded the development for incorporating “sustainable design, great architecture, retail, and active public spaces to deliver an authentic Australian town centre”.

The five winners for 2010 were selected from 19 finalists worldwide. As well as the Rouse Hill development, this year’s winners included LA LIVE in Los Angeles, Miasteczko Wilanów in Warsaw, The Southern Ridges in Singapore and Thin Flats in Philadelphia.

The prestigious international awards program, established in 1979, recognises excellence in land use in the full development of a project and is judged on criteria including contribution to community, innovations, response to societal needs and environmental protection and enhancement.

The winning projects were assessed with additional criteria including strong urban design, response to the surrounding environment and sustainable design that addresses the needs of the community.

Urban Land Institute CEO Patrick L. Phillips said the winning projects showed that world-class developments were still attainable during periods of challenging economic times, with the awards serving as a “timely reminder of the key difference responsible land use can make in terms of community longevity and sustainability”.

Rouse Hill Town Centre has previously been recognised in national awards, receiving accolades including the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design and the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design (NSW), presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2008.

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