You can download The Case for Good Design - a guide for government here or read the individual chapters below.
Our everyday lives are touched by the places that surround us. The qualities of these places – our buildings, streets and parks – informs our interactions, understandings, wellbeing and memories. A review of research exploring healthcare, education, workplaces, housing, justice, urban design and transport projects demonstrates that good design enables people, places and the environment to thrive.
This report is an overview of the research on the impact of the design of our surroundings. It is hoped that the findings generate conversations about the importance of embedding design quality in every stage of a project’s lifecycle and inform decision-making about our built environment.
Supported by this evolving evidence, quality design is at the heart of a successful place – it is not an optional extra. Quality design ensures a positive legacy to become the heritage of the future.
The case for good design: Healthcare
Places that support us through some of our best and worst life experiences, healthcare settings need to be designed with empathy and creativity, find out more about it here.
The case for good design: Education
The design of places for learning can reflect, reinforce and enrich social and cultural values, a sense of identity and local pride, read more about it here.
The case for good design: Justice
The design of police stations, courts and prisons can contribute to the community’s sense of fairness and safety, find out more about it here.
The case for good design: Workplace
Evidence shows that good design can contribute to a more productive workplace for employers and a better experience for those of us who work in them, find out more here.
The case for good design: Housing
The design quality of our housing is central to how we live and how well our communities work, find out more about it here.
The case for good design: Urban design
Good urban design is central to ensuring the liveability of our cities and regional towns, find out more here.
Reviewed 04 September 2020