[MDA2013]

2013 Melbourne Design Awards - Key Dates

25 August 2013 - Extended close date
2 September 2013 - Judging
19 September 2013 - Finalists announced
15 October 2013 - Rating Closes
23 October 2013 - Awards Night
Best of the best - Winners list

Urban Design

This award celebrates creativity and innovation in the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages, and is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Consideration given to giving form, shape and character to groups of buildings, streets and public spaces, transport systems, services and amenities, whole neighbourhoods and districts, and entire cities, to make urban areas functional, attractive and sustainable.

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Nominations in Category

Route 86, High Street Northcote - Darebin City Council / Outlines

Urban Design


- Winner

High Street Northcote is a unique and much loved street. From its historical landmarks, architectural heritage and community heart, to street art, music, food and fashion the street has a vibrant, eclectic character all of its own. During 2011 and 2012 High Street underwent a major transformation centered around extensive tram track and streetscape works including the construction of new level access ‘Centre Island Platform’ and ‘Kerb Extension’ tram stops – the first of their specific kind on the network. Outlines were engaged as the urban designer for the delivery of the project working in partnership with Darebin City Council, Vicroads, Yarra Trams, the State Government a range of specialist consultants. An extensive community consultation and design process was focused on not only the functional requirements for the tram stops but also conceiving an approach that referenced the unique cultural, social and historical qualities of High Street Northcote. The outcome shows how creative and integrated urban design can meet the many logistical challenges of implementing transport infrastructure yet provide a vibrant and unique outcome for our streets, public spaces and the local community.

Pod Playground - ACT Government / as noted below

Urban Design


Australia has a new National Arboretum. Located in Canberra, this important cultural facility is host to 100 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world. This legacy project with important environmental and conservation messages will live beyond our lifetimes. The opportunity to design a play space as part of the 100 forests facility offered an opportunity to creatively engage children with the beauty of trees and we hope, foster a life-long connection to this remarkable environment. Using the idea of seeds as the beginning life amongst the forest, children and their families can enter a fantasy world of exaggerated scales. A play space with giant acorns floating in the sky, and enormous banksia cones nestled on the forest floor. The play space takes inspiration from a cork oak forest within the Arboretum and has catapulted their acorns from their forest floor to land atop of a hill, somewhat larger, taking on anthropomorphic qualities. The toddler play area draws inspiration from our weird and wonderful native flora. Banksia seed pods with banksia seed 'lips' attached to the external forms, inviting children’s curiosity to these strange looking creatures.

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