Character Design Forum

Consultation has concluded for this project.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Character Design Forum. The forum closed on 31 January 2019. Council will review all the feedback and develop a set of design principles to shape how we protect Queenslanders and other traditional designs.

About the Character Design Forum

Brisbane has a unique and special character, which is important to residents, visitors, investors and businesses. This character provides a link to the past, exposing the layers of change that have occurred in the city, as well as opportunities to celebrate and shape the future character and identity of Brisbane. And an important contributor to the character and identity of Brisbane’s suburbs is its iconic Queenslander and other traditional residential designs.

Brisbane City Council recently conducted the Plan your Brisbane consultation where more than 100,000 residents had their say. The result was Brisbane’s Future Blueprint where 'Empower and engage our residents' is one of the eight principles that were developed.

A key action to progress that principle is to help residents have more say in the protection of our Queenslanders and other traditional designs. To facilitate that, Council is holding a Character Design Forum to engage residents in a discussion about these important city assets.

As our city adapts to meet our changing social, environmental and technological needs, we need to manage the balance between meeting new requirements while respecting the character of our traditional houses, streets and suburbs.

For more information email the project team or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Character Design Forum. The forum closed on 31 January 2019. Council will review all the feedback and develop a set of design principles to shape how we protect Queenslanders and other traditional designs.

About the Character Design Forum

Brisbane has a unique and special character, which is important to residents, visitors, investors and businesses. This character provides a link to the past, exposing the layers of change that have occurred in the city, as well as opportunities to celebrate and shape the future character and identity of Brisbane. And an important contributor to the character and identity of Brisbane’s suburbs is its iconic Queenslander and other traditional residential designs.

Brisbane City Council recently conducted the Plan your Brisbane consultation where more than 100,000 residents had their say. The result was Brisbane’s Future Blueprint where 'Empower and engage our residents' is one of the eight principles that were developed.

A key action to progress that principle is to help residents have more say in the protection of our Queenslanders and other traditional designs. To facilitate that, Council is holding a Character Design Forum to engage residents in a discussion about these important city assets.

As our city adapts to meet our changing social, environmental and technological needs, we need to manage the balance between meeting new requirements while respecting the character of our traditional houses, streets and suburbs.

For more information email the project team or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.



You  may submit a photo of your favourite Queenslander (or adapted Queenslander) or other traditional design in Brisbane (please ensure address details are excluded). Please explain why you like it. 

If you wish to submit a photo of a design that, in your opinion, does not work well, please submit your feedback here.


Thank you for submitting your story. We will let you know when it is published.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • We live in a subtropical city let's embrace and celebrate it.

    by elihan56, 8 months ago
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    Queenslanders have been identified as the quintessential Australian house. They are our contribution to an identifiable form of architecture that was developed from colonial architecture. As such they represent our heritage and they should be celebrated as such. We have so little heritage available to us and yet the Brisbane City Council seems to be intent on destroying as much as possible. What has been allowed to happen to Customs House should leave no one in any doubt about the importance of heritage buildings to both the BCC and the State Government.

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  • Queensland Heritage

    by Qlder, 8 months ago

    Architecture is a measure of a nations culture and history. Tourists travel the world to appreciate cities and towns and the buildings, parks and urban spaces that focus on pedestrian activity. Hence the loss of Queensland architectural styles is a loss of culture and history for locals and tourists. After the Second World War, Communist nations in Europe readily destroyed their nations built history to replace it with developments that were expressions of ideological notions about how people should live. Could that be happening in Australia? Hopefully not! Is Brisbane City Council going to make a stance as a local... Continue reading

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  • Post 1946 houses need protection too

    by Born & bred in Brissy, 8 months ago
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    Queenslanders are beautiful and an integral part of our identity and should rightly have strict protections placed on them but there are many post-1946 homes in Brisbane that are also fine historical examples of the evolution of our city and identity and it is time this law was updated to afford them the same protections. (Here's just a couple of them.)

    Many of these have so much more architectural merit and character than the modern generic boxes of glass, concrete and steel that are replacing them.

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  • Masking creativity.

    by AD, 8 months ago

    Why not give our brightest designers an opportunity to show off their architectural creativity to a modern city instead of masking it behind structures that have very little merit in all aspects.

    I am a rate payer in New Farm and a regular walker of not one but all of it's streets. It is disappointing to see renovations that do little to change the CHARACTERLESS street scape of rows of houses where at face value, little change has occurred. Each house is very "basically " the same.

    Are we that unimaginative that we cannot break away from the "norm"

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  • Complimentary Preservation

    by glenrob, 8 months ago

    Firstly I am in favour of retaining intact Character areas and the homes built prior to 1946.

    The current overlays extend into fragmented areas where significant post war development has occurred. Retaining pre-war homes that are not the significant house styles is not economic.

    In these fragmented areas where significant alterations and other development has occurred irrelevant Queenslanders that do not form part of an intact precinct should be let go. A co-operative housing style of a complimentary Queenslander can re-juvinate these areas and provide better housing quality, economics and develop the city into a world class liveable city available... Continue reading

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  • Keeping the Character and more flexible development.

    by Jackie Costello, 8 months ago

    There has recently been a new build in our street (Cumberland St, Windsor) where an old house was removed and new one built in it's place. It was not a character house that was removed, but what has been put in it's place does not fit with the local area. The top half looks like a tin shed and the whole house is enormous. Quite frankly, it is ugly.

    Up the road in Oakwal Tce, there has been a lovely townhouse development where the Queenslander/Weatherboard style has been used. You can barely tell it is a brand new development.

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  • Art Deco Houses

    by ashkanasy, 8 months ago

    We purchased our home in Taringa in 1976 for our growing young family.  The house is on a 1/4 acre block and is Art Deco with beautiful decorated ceilings in the dining, lounge and main bedroom.  Just below the ceilings are small ledges on which we put decorative items.   When we moved to this area our street and streets running off our street were full of Art Deco and Brisbane houses, it was lovely.  We had no longer moved  into our home when the houses started being either removed or smashed into a pile of rubble.  There are very... Continue reading

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  • Greenery among the rooftops

    by VivV, 8 months ago

    Whenever I return to Brisbane after being away, I am struck by how green the city is. There are so many trees showing among the rooftops. There are lots of parks and bushland. As well, most streets in Brisbane have some form of street tree planting. These street trees provide shade under them, control rainfall to some extent, assist in limiting street noise, are beautiful on the eye and beneficial for the wildlife, particularly birds. AND, they can also keep the city cooler. Studies have shown that trees can reduce the temperatures of the surfaces they shade by as much... Continue reading

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  • Character Housing - is it worth it?

    by Richard Groves, 8 months ago
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    Having had 30 years architectural experience in  Brisbane and surrounds, I have found a startling inconsistency in how the Character Code is applied to each project I have worked on. A major problem lies in codifying what is beautiful, and worthy of being kept and enhanced, at least in the eye of the beholder - be they client, planner or architect or draftsperson.

    As can be seen in the many stories already collected, a good private planner is capable of having a good council planner approve a good many projects that many in the public and the professional eye  are... Continue reading

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  • Queensland houses are our history and point of difference

    by SD, 8 months ago

    As an historian, I cannot understand why council approves the destruction of our distinctive Queensland domestic architecture. The aesthetically pleasing old houses designed perfectly for our climate make our city beautiful and attractive to visitors. Why destroy the only thing that sets us apart. Why allow developers, whose only interest is making money, dictate what our city looks like. They will not hesitate to make us hemogenous. The council needs to stand firm, be proud of our heritage, and act as a guardian to protect it for future generations.

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