ASPECT STUDIOS/Sacha Coles, UNSW Built Environment Advisory Council Member and former student, with the City of Sydney have been awarded the prestigious national ‘Australia Award for Urban Design’ for the transformation of Sydney's inner-city laneways at the annual award ceremony in Canberra.

This winning project involved revitalisations of Sydney’s historically significant laneways in the Central Precinct (Ash Street and Angel Place) and Chinatown (Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane). These laneways have been upgraded with new paving, lighting, street furniture and stunning public artworks.

The Jury praised the project for the transitional impact the upgrades had on the economic, cultural, and social landscape of the city saying that it had “lifted the rejuvenation of laneways to a new level.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated all involved on the successful delivery of the project.

“Many of our laneways are now home to stunning public works, thriving small bars and other boutique businesses, providing opportunities for local artists and entrepreneurs, and contributing to our increasingly diverse late night culture,” the Lord Mayor said.

We’re delighted that our work with ASPECT STUDIOS on these projects has been recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia,” she said.

UNSW Built Environment congratulates ASPECT STUDIOS/Sacha Coles for this recognition of excellence in innovation and urban design.


Project credit: ASPECT Studios for the City of Sydney

Public Artist for "Between Two Worlds": Jason Wing

Photo credit: Simon Wood