Design Excellence Policy

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Council is seeking comment on the Draft Design Excellence Policy and Procedures (Guidelines) through the survey below before Friday 27th Sept 2019.

Council Endorsed the Chatswood CBD Planning and Urban Design Strategy to 2036 in June 2017. A key element of this strategy is significant change to the development density within areas of the expanded CBD boundary. A requirement of the Strategy is that a “Design Excellence system be established to ensure that buildings are well designed” and that a process is put in place to achieve design excellence as an outcome.

Generally the definition of design excellence is fairly consistent across planning legislation where it is often summarised as “. . . the highest standard of architectural, urban and landscape design”

A design excellence process requires an appropriate and robust framework that is supported by a clear definition of Design Excellence and guidelines for its evaluation.

The Design Excellence Policy and Procedures (Guidelines) prescribes how design excellence will be regulated and administered.

Background

Many Local Councils have a long history of evaluating Design Excellence to raise the standard of the built environment. The City of Sydney has a thorough and tested process of delivering Design Excellence through Comparative Evaluation. This process involves a competitive stage where an independent jury assesses a number of submissions and selects a submitted design based on an agreed set of design-related selection criteria. Competitions generate a range of solutions to each design challenge, allowing for the comparative evaluation of different approaches (Source : Government Architect’s Design Excellence Competition Guidelines Draft ON EXHIBITION MAY 2018).

Comparative evaluation is a key factor in how a competition can achieve better design outcomes. It enables the relative merits of different design responses to a brief to be analysed and evaluated and ensures the chosen design can be verified as the best response.(Source : Government Architect’s Design Excellence Competition Guidelines Draft May 2018).

The Design Excellence Guidelines describe how Design Excellence may be determined through comparative evaluation of a number of independently prepared schemes (competition), or Design Excellence Review of an individual scheme.

Council is seeking comment on the Draft Design Excellence Policy and Procedures (Guidelines) through the survey below before Friday 27th Sept 2019.

Council Endorsed the Chatswood CBD Planning and Urban Design Strategy to 2036 in June 2017. A key element of this strategy is significant change to the development density within areas of the expanded CBD boundary. A requirement of the Strategy is that a “Design Excellence system be established to ensure that buildings are well designed” and that a process is put in place to achieve design excellence as an outcome.

Generally the definition of design excellence is fairly consistent across planning legislation where it is often summarised as “. . . the highest standard of architectural, urban and landscape design”

A design excellence process requires an appropriate and robust framework that is supported by a clear definition of Design Excellence and guidelines for its evaluation.

The Design Excellence Policy and Procedures (Guidelines) prescribes how design excellence will be regulated and administered.

Background

Many Local Councils have a long history of evaluating Design Excellence to raise the standard of the built environment. The City of Sydney has a thorough and tested process of delivering Design Excellence through Comparative Evaluation. This process involves a competitive stage where an independent jury assesses a number of submissions and selects a submitted design based on an agreed set of design-related selection criteria. Competitions generate a range of solutions to each design challenge, allowing for the comparative evaluation of different approaches (Source : Government Architect’s Design Excellence Competition Guidelines Draft ON EXHIBITION MAY 2018).

Comparative evaluation is a key factor in how a competition can achieve better design outcomes. It enables the relative merits of different design responses to a brief to be analysed and evaluated and ensures the chosen design can be verified as the best response.(Source : Government Architect’s Design Excellence Competition Guidelines Draft May 2018).

The Design Excellence Guidelines describe how Design Excellence may be determined through comparative evaluation of a number of independently prepared schemes (competition), or Design Excellence Review of an individual scheme.

Design Excellence Policy

Consultation has concluded