What is this Character Design Forum about?

This character design forum is focused specifically on identifying the design principles to guide the extension and adaptation of Queenslanders and other traditional designs. It is part of a wider conversation in the city about character. While this forum is specifically about Queenslanders and other traditional designs, we recognise that other types of development (e.g. infill development and new build) have a big impact on the character of a location. This, and other important issues will continue to be discussed in the city through projects such as the low-medium density residential design guide, a Brisbane design strategy and the design rating scheme. 

Why is Council hosting this forum now?

This year has seen Brisbane’s Future Blueprint bring our city’s next exciting chapter to life, with eight principles to make sure our city thrives as a friendly and liveable place for future generations.

Developed with input from more than 100,000 residents representing one in five households across every suburb in Brisbane, the Blueprint is helping Council deliver on local priorities in planning carefully for the future. 

One of the principles is to empower and engage residents with a specific action to establish a Character Design Forum for residents to guide the preservation of our city’s Queenslanders and other traditional designs. 

What is the difference between ‘character’ and ‘heritage’?

 
The words ‘character’ and ‘heritage’ are often used interchangeable, however they are distinctly difference. Character is about the aggregate of qualities, or elements, that distinguish one place from another (Allow Lovell Marquis-Kylie (1994). Character can be attributed at a variety of scales, from a street to a larger area, that exhibits a high concentration of these elements. The elements that contribute to the character of a place include the built form and landscaping, as well as the social and cultural aspects. These might include:

  • the date of establishment
  • social and economic conditions
  • sense of community pride
  • topography
  • views and vistas
  • patterns of subdivision
  • building styles
  • building materials
  • vegetation and street plantings
  • homogeneity (sameness) and intactness
  • diversity
  • major landmarks
  • fences
  • kerbs
  • footpaths
  • garages.
Heritage on the other hand is a specific term that relates to the ‘cultural significance’ of a place for past, present and future generations, encompassing aesthetic, historical, scientific and/or social values. Heritage places are conserved in accordance with the Burra Charter. Aspects such as rarity, group value, landmark value, representative value and intactness are factors that may be considered in assessing the heritage significance of a place. Heritage places are usually limited to individual buildings or tight groups of buildings of cultural significance. They can also be other structures and places (e.g. wharves, parks, machinery, bridges). 

What next after this character design forum?

The Character Design Forum will inform design principles that Council can use to guide the management of Queenslanders and other traditional designs. These will be published in 2019. 

There are also other projects in the city that will impact on character and design. For example, the low-medium density residential design guide, a Brisbane design strategy and the design rating scheme.

Where can I find out more about Council’s current management of character areas?

You can find out more information by visiting Council’s website or contacting Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Link to:

Urban Design in Brisbane
Character and Heritage pages
Brisbane’s Future Blueprint

Where can I find out more about design in Brisbane?

You can find out more about design in Brisbane by visiting Council’s website or contacting Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Link to:

Urban Design in Brisbane