How do Landscape Architects Improve Government Policy and Thinking?

Government planning policy stresses the importance of high quality and inclusive design. The way places are planned, designed and managed has a major impact on the communities they serve and landscape architects have much to contribute in this space.

Economic Impacts

Part of the value of investing in landscape lies in the way it creates new connections and destinations and a setting for commerce. This improves viability, creates job opportunities and enhances competitiveness. At a site level it increases footfall, boosting the ability of a place to diversify economically or attract greater inward investment.

Health and Welfare Impacts

Government policy is increasingly focused on tackling inequalities in health and rising levels of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression. One solution to reduce the frequency and impact of such illnesses is to make it easier to be active, by providing accessible, safe, varied and inviting spaces linking homes, places of work and amenities.

Environmental Impacts

Our leaders are navigating unprecedented complexities when it comes to managing and protecting the environment. Landscape architects have much to contribute to discussions on policy creation and implementation to preserve our environment, enrich biodiversity, protect food production and mitigate against the impacts of climate change.

Some Inspiration

Creating Places for People, Urban Design Protocol for Australian Cities


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