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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Mandatory Design Competitions

  • Robert Freestone
  • Gethin Davison
  • Richard Hu
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Abstract

This chapter contrasts the pros and cons of the City of Sydney’s Competitive Design Policy (CDP), drawing upon insights from a wide range of architects, regulators, developers, planners and jurors involved in competitive design processes. The policy has been successful in enhancing design quality; advancing the local design culture and architectural profession; diversifying the range of firms designing major CBD developments; and mediating multiple relationships between developers, regulators and designers. There are also criticisms concerning the cost, public participation, transparency, intellectual property and primacy of international architects. Overall, however, the policy’s benefits outweigh its drawbacks, injecting an effective design review intervention into private property development to better mediate public and private interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Freestone
    • 1
  • Gethin Davison
    • 1
  • Richard Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.UNSW SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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