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Architects and urban designers from across Australia and the world have been enlisted to collaborate on a new strategy to deliver high quality urban design and better places for people across NSW.

The NSW Government launched a draft Architecture and Design Policy for New South Wales. The draft policy, aimed at architects and the planning and development community, will set out the principles and directions essential to creating great places.

Australian and International experts attending the 2016 Sydney Architecture Festival this weekend will be involved in a peer review workshop to gain input and feedback on the draft policy.

The draft policy lays the foundation for a design led planning strategy being developed by the NSW Government Architect. The strategy will provide detailed guidance to support good design outcomes and introduce a range of new initiatives including establishing a NSW State Design Advisory Panel to consider key state significant projects, ensuring good design informs the development of these projects from the outset and throughout the design and assessment process.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said good design is vital to Sydney growing successfully into the future.


Good design is critical to creating liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient communities

- Rob Stokes

“Sydney is growing at a rapid rate, and we need more houses and improved public facilities. We also have to make sure that we don’t end up with a big, disorganised, ugly city because of poor design and planning,” Mr Stokes said.

“Focusing on design will help maximise benefits from the billions of dollars the NSW Government is spending on infrastructure, so we can build an even better future for our city and state.”

Mr Stokes also revealed that amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to be released for consultation later this year will include a new object promoting good design in the built environment.

“Good design is critical to creating liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient communities, and we want to champion good design through a new policy and give it weight through legislative changes,” Mr Stokes said.



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