Character Design Forum

Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax. As Brisbane grows, requiring high-quality and attractive design will mean new development makes good use of space and matches the area in which it’s built.

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. 

Preserving our city’s iconic Queenslanders and other traditional designs are part of Council’s vision for the future as laid out in Brisbane’s Future Blueprint

About the Character Design Forum

Brisbane has a unique and special character. The topography and landscape of the city, its architecture and public spaces, the cultural and social activities taking place, the transport choices available and distribution of land uses all contribute to the lifestyle and collective experience of the city.

This character is important to residents, visitors, investors and businesses. It 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.

An important contributor to the character and identity of our city’s suburbs are our iconic Queenslanders and other traditional residential designs. As our city is adapted to meet our changing social, environmental and technological needs, we need to manage the balance between meeting these new requirements while respecting the character of our traditional houses, streets and suburbs.

Developed with input from more than 100,000 residents, representing one in five households across every suburb in Brisbane, Brisbane’s Future Blueprint identifies the protection of our Queenslanders and other traditional designs as an area that residents wanted to have more say. As a result, Council developed an online forum for residents to have their say from November 2018-January 2019.  This was one of the actions in Brisbane’s Future Blueprint.

More information

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

Last updated:13 May 2019