The high quality of life we enjoy in Melbourne and across Victoria is recognised around the world. Much of this is achieved through good urban design creating quality public environments to support the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of our communities living in cities and towns.
Design Case Studies
New examples of good design in residential development just published
What is urban design?
Urban Design is the practice of shaping the physical environment in order to improve the quality of life in cities and towns.
How can we help?
We provide advice to the design and development industry and assists in the creation and implementation of innovative projects across Victoria.
Urban design training
Urban design training courses provide an introduction to the key principles and methods of urban design and a 'how to' in the use and application of urban design guidelines.
Urban design guidelines
Good design guidelines for planners, designers and developers.
Urban Design Projects
A selection of urban design projects and case studies.
Links to Australian and international urban design resources.
The Urban Design Unit of the Department of Planning and Community Development provides leadership and direction to the design and development industry in Victoria. We work with State and Local Governments, architects, planners, designers, developers and other clients, offering them guidance on projects that will shape our environment. We give advice on ways to get better value through good design, form strong working relationships and encourage them to take the best possible approach from the project’s beginning.