Places for people - urban form, laneways and sustainable buildings are ever present in Melbourne.

Victoria has nurtured its urban design sector and is home to many leading urban design and architecture firms and practices.

Urban design in Victoria is supported by state and local government planning and in close cooperation with Melbourne’s universities.

Creative and innovative urban design is essential to Melbourne’s liveability. In meeting the very high demands of a rapidly growing population, Melbourne’s urban planners understand the public realm and a people-centric approach.

It is not just on large-scale urban design where we excel. Some of Melbourne’s metropolitan areas have developed ‘20-minute’ neighbourhoods, allowing people to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20 minute walk, cycle or local transport trip.  

Not to mention, our central Melbourne laneways and main streets are a major international selling point, as memorable places where people want to be.

Victoria’s urban design capabilities

  • Civic buildings and public space – respond to new technologies and a changing community needs to create outstanding buildings and public spaces.
  • Master planning and precinct design – large scale urban development and master planning, evidenced by successful arts, sports, business, education and bio-medical precincts.
  • Placemaking – activating the buildings and spaces we design, turning them into vibrant people places that engage with community.
  • Laneways and streets – creating memorable places where people want to be.
  • High performing workplaces – creating environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced workplaces that promote both productivity and wellness.
  • Water sensitive urban design – water sensitive parks, waterfront precincts and river systems, sustainable cities, green buildings, vertical greenery and bio filtration.

Case study

The Royal Children's Hospital shows how urban design can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing

The key strengths of Victoria’s urban design sector are:

  • People centric – Victoria’s urban design and architecture sector place people at the heart of the experience.
  • Innovative – close linkages with leading design and engineering schools in Australia and internationally to integrate the latest thinking and technology.  
  • Environmentally sustainable – Incorporating green building design and water sensitive urban design is standard practice, with environmentally sustainable development principles written into Victoria’s planning guidelines.  
  • Collaborative – Melbourne’s urban design and architecture regularly partner with experts from across Australian and around the world to drive better urban design outcomes.

Page last updated: 17/01/20