Design for the Future: Sunshine Coast Council

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Sunshine Coast Council is on a mission to help ensure the way we live on the coast is improved through good design. Sarah Vercoe discovers the thinking behind the yellow book that is becoming synonymous with responsible design.

How we plan, design and deliver buildings and spaces on the Sunshine Coast impacts the look, feel and legacy of our region. From how we landscape our homes to the creation of new suburbs, we all have a part to play in shaping the place we call ‘home’.

To keep the Coast shining with visually-appealing designs and responsible builds, Sunshine Coast Council worked with key areas of the community to create Sunshine Coast Design, a publication brimming with design-based imagery and practical tools to streamline designing a region instilled with a sense of place.

The ‘yellow book’ as it has come to be known, encourages smart development underpinned by a desire to maintain a healthy environment while enhancing liveability on the Sunshine Coast.

It is a great resource for everyone thinking about renovating, buying, designing or building on the Coast.

Strong engagement with the community and stakeholders has enabled an in-depth understanding of what matters most and as a result, Sunshine Coast Design incorporates ten design principles that guide and protect the values our community holds dear.

As part of a long-term strategy guided by a vision to see the Sunshine Coast become Australia’s most sustainable region, it will be a valuable resource to help council manage ongoing challenges like population growth, economic development and climate change.

A mere 16-months young, Sunshine Coast Design has already stacked up a brag-worthy list of accolades, receiving three awards in the first six months after its release. With a goal to raise awareness, elevate and educate around the benefits of designing for, rather than against, our extraordinary environment, the book is forging a thought-provoking path towards ensuring the Sunshine Coast continues to shine for future generations.

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