Case Studies

The following case studies demonstrate the principles of the Urban Design Protocol in practice. If you would like to add a project that you have been a part of to this list, please fill out the form.

Darling Quarter

The Darling Quarter precinct is a major 1.5 hectare place making project that has transformed the public domain of Darling Harbour, one of Australia’s most visited destinations. The new $500 million mixed use precinct integrates Commonwealth Bank Place, two large campus-styled 6 Star Green Star (world leadership) commercial buildings. The...
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Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy

The Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy (the Strategy) is a strategy for the regeneration of Sydney’s second largest CBD and its waterfront—a site that encompasses 31 hectares in the centre of Parramatta. The Strategy reorientates the Parramatta’s CBD towards the river and positions Parramatta Quay as a new water arrival...
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Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Paddington Reservoir is a State significant heritage item and is listed by the National Trust. Paddington Reservoir Gardens created a new high quality public open space from disused infrastructure. The design strategy was to celebrate the existing industrial artefact, originally designed by Edward Bell and constructed in two stages (1866...
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Next Generation Planning Handbook

Created to help planners, designers and developers, the Next Generation Planning Handbook (the handbook) outlines a new approach to planning the suburbs, towns and cities of the South East Queensland (SEQ) region. Drawing on case studies from 59 locations in SEQ, the handbook presents an informed conceptual and practical framework...
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Geelong Youth Activity Area

The Geelong Youth Activities Area (YAA) is a public recreational plaza at Western Beach on the waterfront adjacent to the Geelong CBD. It is an innovatively designed, flexible, multi-purpose outdoor youth-focussed area that contains open-air spaces suitable for a range of activities and events including markets, live music, art exhibitions,...
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Australia Award for Urban Design
An award for Australian urban design initiatives and projects that demonstrate excellence and innovation, and contribute to a wider appreciation of, urban design.

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
A resource with publications and case studies of excellent buildings and spaces, United Kingdom.

Good Design Case Studies
Case studies of residential, reuse and infill developments in Melbourne demonstrating design solutions for balancing growth with sustainability, liveability and community needs (Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development, 2012).

Healthy Spaces & Places—A national guide to designing places for healthy living
A resource providing guidance and case studies on creating healthy communities (Planning Institute of Australia, Heart Foundation & Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 2009).

International Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Association
An international association promoting the use of CPTED principles and strategies and provides access to resources, international case studies and books on CPTED.

Project for Public Places
An international resource with information on best practice public place case studies from around the world and guidance on how to create great public places.

Streets for People—Compendium for South Australian best practice
A compendium presenting key principles to shape pedestrian and cycling friendly street designs in the South Australian context and best practice case studies (South Australian Active Living Coalition).

Last modified: September 1, 2015