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Australian New Urbanism in Practice: WM0625

Wendy Morris
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 01:00:49
Wendy Morris has been integrally involved in New Urbanism since its inception in the early 1990s. New Urbanism encourages urban planning which is diverse in use and population, is scaled for the pedestrian but capable of accommodating the automobile and mass transit, has a well defined public realm and provides a basis for comprehensive sustainable growth. The features and benefits of the New Urbanism planning principles are demonstrated as Wendy presents numerous Australian examples of New Urbanism. These examples are taken from The Australian New Urbanism Projects Book 2005, contributed to and compiled by Wendy Morris and other proponents of New Urbanism. The significance of New Urbanism principles to the sustainable growth of Australia’s cities is made apparent.
  • Have an understanding of New Urbanism and its relevance to the Australian context.
  • Have gained knowledge of numerous Australian planned urban developments which benefited from the influences of New Urbanism.
  • Know how to access additional resources on New Urbanism and know the locations of numerous New Urbanism environments, where you can visit to further improve your knowledge of New Urbanism.
  • Know the key challenges which still face urban planning and which need to be overcome to effectively implement New Urbanism.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Director, Urban Design and Town Planning

    Ecologically Sustainable Design Pty Ltd (ESD), Melbourne, Australia

    • BSc (Geology & Psychology), (Melbourne University), 1973
    • Diploma of Town & Regional Planning (Melbourne University), 1976
    • Diploma of Illustrative Photography (P. S. C. Melbourne), 1983
    • MA in Urban Design (Oxford Brooks University) 1989
    • MPIA (Planning Institute of Australia), since 1997
    • Charter Member of Congress For The New Urbanism, USA
    • Wendy Morris is an urban designer and town planner, with professional experience in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and the UK.   Wendy spent 20 years in public service, mostly as an urban designer for the State of Victoria, principally authoring performance-based VicCode 1 and VicCode 2, managing Victoria’s Greenhouse Neighbourhood Project, and co-leading the highly successful Beacon Cove Charrette of 1992.  Beacon Cove in South Melbourne was Victoria’s best selling urban development for five years running.  

    Wendy joined Chip Kaufman as director of ESD in 1996, where Wendy leads many Charrettes and Enquiry by Design workshops for major urban extensions and town centres, manages design and implementation of major urban projects, and co-authors books on urbanism and sustainable growth codes.

    Wendy was a principal author of the Western Australia’s Liveable Neighbourhoods Community Design Code, from which over a hundred thousand lots have been designed and mostly constructed in WA, and which has won a Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award.

    Wendy is an inaugural member of the US-based Congress for The New Urbanism. She has contributed to the international evolution of New Urbanism by presenting an Australian perspective at most CNU congresses since 1992.   She is also a key contributor to the Australian Council for New Urbanism.