Activating Change: 2016 Planning Institute Awards SA

This is a time of change. As we move towards a new era of planning in South Australia, it’s important to pause and reflect on where we have come from and ask ourselves what we have done well and what we have learnt. Have we achieved the vibrant and energetic communities we work so passionately to create? This, to me, encompasses the Planning Institute Awards (SA) for Planning Excellence.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, PIA serves and guides thousands of planning professionals. Good planning is the best way to manage urban growth or decline, sequence infrastructure, determine appropriate settlement patterns and generate economic development that contributes positively to the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the natural environment.

The PIA SA Awards are an opportunity to celebrate leading practice, leadership and achievement within our great planning profession. To recognise that when we work together and collaborate for a common vision we can achieve great things.

All the awards winners have been recognised because of the work they have done to enhance our great cities and regions. They have contributed to the places where we live, work and visit and in doing so have supported growth, jobs and innovation.

The award winners for 2016 cover a wide and varied array of places, spaces and processes. Plans for active spaces were notable winners with bike ways, recreation and skate parks all being recognised. Our great places from town centres to our city centre and market district have also been singled out and recognised with awards.

Notable projects recognised in the 2016 PIanning Institute of Australia (SA) Awards for Planning Excellence include the Central Market District in the Great Place Category, City of Onkaparinga Cycling Study in the Best Planning Ideas (Large Category), the Salisbury City Centre Urban Design Framework in the Best Planning Ideas (Small Category) and the Beulah Road Bicycle Boulevard Project (Hard Won Victory Category). The Minister’s Award was granted to Salisbury City Centre Urban Design Framework, while the PIanning Institute of Australia (SA) President’s Award went to The Social Creative for Activating Adelaide’s Open Spaces through their artistic ‘pop up venues’. So if you haven’t already, get out and discover or rediscover these award winning places and spaces.

Eligible award winners will now go on to represent South Australia and compete in the National Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence held in Sydney next year.

Kym Pryde MPIA, PIA SA President

Read on for the full list of 2016’s Planning Institute Awards (SA)

IMPROVING PLANNING PROCESSES AND PRACTICES

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Projects & Partnerships / Development Project Initiatives at Rivergum Homes
Rivergum Homes

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PLANNING

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One Mitcham Many Cultures Multicultural Fair
City of Mitcham

BEST PLANNING IDEAS  (SMALL)

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Salisbury City Centre Urban Design Framework
City of Salisbury, URPS, WAX Design and InfraPlan

BEST PLANNING IDEAS (LARGE)

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City of Onkaparinga Cycling Study
City of Onkaparinga and Infraplan

YOUNG PLANNER OF THE YEAR

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Timothy Bourner
City of Tea Tree Gully

PLAN TO PLACE

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Gawler Town Centre
Town of Gawler, URPS and WAX Design

GREAT PLACE

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Market District
Adelaide City Council

HARD WON VICTORY

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Beulah Road Bicycle Boulevard Project
City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters

PRESIDENT’S AWARD

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Activating Adelaide’s Open Spaces
The Social Creative

MINISTER’S AWARD

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Salisbury City Centre Urban Design Framework
City of Salisbury, URPS, WAX Design and InfraPlan

OUTSTANDING STUDENT PROJECT – TERTIARY

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Mismatch of Housing: Adequacy of Housing for the Population
Benjamin Wollinski, University of South Australia

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