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A new design-focused policy devised by the NSW Government Architect has won an award at the Australian Urban Design Awards in Brisbane last night.   

An integrated design policy for the urban environment of NSW, the Better Placed policy was drafted with input from architects, urban designers and planners from across Australia and the world.

The purpose of the policy is to set out principles and directions essential to creating great places for new developments across Sydney and NSW’s regions.

NSW Government Architect Peter Poulet said the win is a great step towards the state recognising the importance of design in the built environment. 

“We are thrilled to accept the award for our Better Placed policy and design guide and we look forward to continuing to promote the values of good design, and all that comes with it,” Mr Poulet said. 

“To be named alongside other inspiring and well-crafted projects from around Australia is a great honour.    

“It is encouraging to have our efforts acknowledged as Better Placed confirms our collective wishes for the future design of our infrastructure, architecture and public spaces. It endorses the power of design to enable a better and resilient future for our communities.

“Better Placed is more than a policy document. It is a program that has provided a focus of activity and debate, inspiring a culture of change on great places and good design. We have already seen the draft policy begin to change the way people are operating, talking and planning for places,” Mr Poulet added. 

Examples of Better Placed in NSW are Prince Alfred Park Pool in Inner Sydney, Central Park Masterplan in Chippendale, Waterloo Youth Family and Community Centre, Australia Street Infants School Cola in Newtown, Fitzroy Street and Bicentennial Park Upgrade in Tamworth and Restoring the Waters in Fairfield. 

Better Placed is the first in a suite of policies and guidelines to be created by the Government Architect NSW (GANSW) that are to be announced by the end of 2018.

For more information on Better Placed, please visit: http://www.governmentarchitect.nsw.gov.au/thinking/integrated-design-policy 

Media Contact: mediaunit@planning.nsw.gov.au 

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