Urban Design Forum Australia
In 1986, a small group of urban design enthusiasts had lunch on a Melbourne footpath and discussed the need to achieve better urban design in Australian cities. This led to the launch of the Urban Design Forum Australia – a network of enthusiastic and creative people committed to improving the functionality and quality of our cities and towns. Our founding aspirations were to create an organisation that is inclusive, dynamic, positive, informative, and non-institutional. From the start, we have welcomed professionals from a wide range of disciplines, and others interested in the aims of the organisation.
Between 1987 and 2006 we produced 101 editions of a quarterly publication which shared leading urban design research, case studies and articles. For the first time in Australia, best practice urban design knowledge was available to a cross-disciplinary audience of urban designers, planners, architects and landscape architects.
We were a founding supporter of the Australia Awards for Urban Design Excellence established in 1996 by Paul Keating when he was Prime Minister of Australia.
Public seminars and yearly national conferences have been across the country in collaboration with a range of government and industry partners. These memorable and informal events enabled committed professionals to come together in diverse and unexpected locations such as the train to Broken Hill and back, the North Head Quarantine Station in Sydney and Rottnest Island, to generate ideas, debate and discussion on how to improve urban design outcomes and practice.