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What is QDesign?

With rapid growth across many of the State's cities and towns, it is important to ensure that the quality of what is being delivered creates an urban environment that is well made, improves the quality of life for all and is distinctly Queensland. QDesign defines nine priority principles to guide the design, development, and decision-making process in order to raise capability and improve the quality of work being delivered.

The role of QDesign

Current state, regional and local planning policies support the need for good urban design excellence and outcomes. QDesign has been developed by the Office of the Queensland Government Architect, to provide direction in order to improve the quality and standard of built form in Queensland.

QDesign provides a resource to raise capability, to improve the quality of urban design outcomes and champions the delivery of quality places. The document provides a common and consistent language of ‘urban design’ to enable all aspects of development – across government, planning, architecture, landscape, infrastructure, engineering, economics and the community – to share a simple set of unifying priority principles for good urban design outcomes across Queensland.

Read the QDesign Manual (PDF, 8.5MB)


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