Great local places, an urban design initiative for local governments by Michael McKeown

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Summarising an excellent urban design programme I've been working on with Toowoomba Regional Council, and also some research into urban design skills and policy in South East Queensland

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Great local places, an urban design initiative for local governments by Michael McKeown

  1. 1. Michael McKeownUrban planner and designerPeter RichardsDeicke Richards
  2. 2. “Urban design isabout making better,locally distinctiveplaces. This issomething we allwant, and all ourplans and policiesaspire to achieve.”Great local places
  3. 3. Urban design in SEQ localgovernments, a surveyGreat local places
  4. 4. 0 1 2 3 4 5012345 orgreaterdont knowNo. SEQlocal governmentNo.urbandesigners1. How many staff employed by your local government havethe words „urban design‟ in their job title?0 1 2 3 4 5012345 or greaterdont know2. How many staff employed by your local government haveskills in urban design and practice urban design in their role- but do not have the words urban design in their job title?
  5. 5. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Postgraduate urban design qualification or degreeUndergraduate urban design degreeDegree in related discipline with subjects in urbandesignshort coursesin house trainingdont knowCombined responses SEQ local governments3. What level of formal training do urban designers in yourlocal government have?0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Strategic planningDevelopment assessmentParksEngineeringTransportMajor projectsCombined responses SEQ local governments4. In which area do the urban designers work?
  6. 6. Summaryof urban design skills inSEQ councils• A majority of SEQ councils have urbandesigners in-house• Many skilled urban designers work in otheror broader roles• Only four postgraduate qualified urbandesigners (the main route to urban designskills) were identified.• Most staff with urban design skills havethem as part of a broader education• Most urban designers work in strategicplanning, D.A. or parks
  7. 7. 545. Does your local government have ageneral urban design policy (excludingthe planning scheme)?yesno546. Does your local governmenthave any policies (excluding theplanning scheme) about specificaspects of urban design (e.g. welldesigned streets)?yesnoGreat local places
  8. 8. 0 1 2 3 4 5Urban design advisory panel or similarUrban design awards (whether stand alone orpart of a broader awards programme)Senior councillor or officer who acts as a„champion‟ for urban designTraining programme for staffRegular events or training to raise awarenessand understanding of urban design with staffand councillorsRegular events or training to raise awarenessand understanding of urban design withconsultants, developers or community groupsNo urban design promotion activities7. Does your local government employ any of the following topromote urban design?
  9. 9. Summary of urban design skills andtraining and implementation• Half of SEQ councils have urban designpolicies• Nearly all councils promote urban design insome way• Awards, and advisory panels, are the mostpopular techniques• Few councils surveyed offer training in urbandesign to staff• Only two run events or training targetingconsultants, developers or community
  10. 10. Michael McKeownUrban planner and designerPeter RichardsDeicke Richards
  11. 11. www.mckeownplandesign.com.auwww.deickerichards.com.auGreat local places

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