#DesignPerth launches at the Hyatt

It was a full house at the Hyatt this morning for the launch of #designperth, a follow-up to 2013’s ground-breaking study, Transforming Perth.

Devised as a collaboration between CODA, the Australian Greens, the Property Council of Australia (WA) and the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), the report delivers a comprehensive analysis of the cost of residential development in infill areas compared with greenfield sites.

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CODA Director, Kieran Wong, joined Greens Leader Richard di Natale, the Property Council’s Lino Iacomella and CUSP’s Peter Newman and Jemma Green in championing the report to a diverse audience of politicians, developers, planners and designers.

As well as demonstrating an obvious economic benefit, the report outlines the positive social impact of creating denser, more active communities in which people can live, work and connect within close proximity to home. Professor Newman described the approach as ‘coordinated precinct scale urban regeneration’. Di Natale likened it to the communities of old, which we remember growing up in.

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CODA is thrilled to be involved in a visioning for urban planning that has community at its core. Kieran Wong said, ‘this report outlines a vision for Perth that utilises design thinking and expertise to leverage greater outcomes for communities on key infill sites across the metropolitan region. #designperth imagines a more vibrant people orientated delivery of density, not simply measured in the number of people per hectare but in quality and access to social and public amenity and infrastructure.’

It was fantastic to see so many of Perth’s property industry in the audience this morning, actively engaging in conversation about the formative planning of our city and communities, and proving once again that #designmatters. It was great also to see so much coverage of the launch in our local media. Here’s a link to an overview of the morning and the report, which aired on the ABC news.

A copy of the report is available for download here.