Image: the home of Cadel Evans and Goyte (Wouter "Wally" De Backer) has a lovely 'high' street. A new, but understated streetscape, is contrasted by the detailing of the shopfronts. A good example of our Place Quality - Consistency & variety. Note to other towns - good urban design attracts world number ones!
Posted by: Andrew Hammonds
Wednesday 30 May, 2012
I presented to the AILA QLD breakfast forum last week on urban design - my controversial presentation titled "Why Landscape Architecture needs a name change" will be posted soon. At the start of the forum Katharina Nieberler-Walker confirmed that urban design registration is proceeding. A year ago, the National Council of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) agreed that the AILA Registration Scheme is to offer the option of AILA Registered Urban Designer. The intention is to provide their members with greater recognition and insurance options. Katharina acknowledged 'debate' about urban design and stated that AILA is committed to consultation.
UDAL (Urban Design Alliance) QLD has been discussing registration/certification/accreditation/recognition of members for several years – with opposing views amongst board members. In summary, there is a benefit in providing clarity about expected characteristics and qualities of practitioners in urban design. However, urban design is inherently multi-disciplinary and collaborative and cannot be delivered by one person. Herein lies UDAL’s dilemma.
UDAL needs resolution though - accreditation is on the agenda of the UDAL Board meeting next Monday.
I believe that the time has come for accreditation of urban design. Clients and customers would benefit from the "industry' clarifying the role and expected skills and training. This will support practitioners who have invested in training, honing their skills and gaining experience. Hopefully it will overcome the debilitating debate over "What is Urban Design". Let's agree on way forward and then review it in a year or two. "Industry" is an important term here - I suggest that accreditation needs to be managed by a new National organisation which represents the range of disciplines which contribute to urban design.Add a comment