The ‘Pimp My Suburb’ co-design workshop was the highlight of the PIA-WA conference, and I loved your customisable 1:200 scale model for its ability to visualise increasing housing density in suburbs. I can see lots of practical teaching, research and public engagement applications for it.
Professor Carolyn Whitzman, Melbourne School of Design, 2017
The model really helped us to engage in a meaningful way on complex planning policy.
Participants used the model to think through the various issues and show how urban infill could be delivered with the constraints of existing trees and houses, where car parking could go and what should or shouldn’t be included in the development.
Our follow-up survey then allowed us to drill down into the most important matters to focus on when providing for infill housing.
Paul Garbett – Director of Strategic Planning and Projects, City of Fremantle, 2017
I believe that effective community engagement provides the opportunity for local governments to develop and enhance their relationships with the community they serve, whilst also ensuring decisions regarding planning are informed by the community’s needs and aspirations…I applaud the whole project team and the Fremantle community at large for their efforts.
Rita Saffioti, State Planning Minster WA, Planning Minister’s Award, Awards for Planning Excellence WA, 2017
All attendees were very impressed with every aspect of the workshops, but in particular the AUDRC models. The modular designs were fun to work with and suited participants aged 8 to over 80 from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions.
Co-designing the structure of the workshops and the design of the models was hassle-free. Your professionalism, and that of your team’s made our life much easier. You were accommodating, flexible and innovative in your approach to our requests.
Dave Lindner & Heather Johnstone, Vic Park Collective & Victoria Park Urban Tree Network, 2017
Because we were engaging with an interactive tool based on what people easily recognised in their neighbourhoods – trees, houses, streets, and cars – we found our community engagement was accessible to people we typically don’t hear from when engaging on planning issues. People aged 9 to 90 enjoyed interacting with the model. We received imaginative, considered feedback that, in turn, generated genuinely community-derived “planning principles” on which to base a scheme amendment and planning policy.
Sharn Bruere and Tahnee Bunting – Strategic Planning Officers, City of Fremantle, 2017
Thank you for your interest, patience, and commitment to such important research and work.
Claire Stokes, Co-Director Social Impact Festival 2017, Centre for Social Impact UWA, 2017
Interactive fun with #PimpMySuburb at the Planning Institute of Australia #PIArockingthesuburbs State Conference. Thanks AUDRC Australian Urban Design Research Centre #collaborativeplanning #designyourstreet #suburbsforall #getyaplanon #whowillwin
SITE planning + design, 2017
Groups composed of participants with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds were passionately engaged for the afternoon designing their own development, drawing on the principles of contemporary urban design and also their unique/inspired ideas. It was fascinating to observe the broad spectrum of design outputs that could be generated for one location, with the same cardinal point orientation. Also, the number of iterations each team went through to reach their ideal of a neighbourhood was amazing!
All in all, the learning within the teams, but equally between the teams presenting their rationale for one solution or another, is a distinctive outcome which could not be achieved by simply reading and sharing ideas about planning.
Doina Olaru, Associate Professor, Management and Organisations (UWA Business School), 2018