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Adelaide Design Manual

The Adelaide Design Manual is a toolkit that builds on the City of Adelaide’s strengths and draws from local, national and international experience in urban design and sustainability principles, providing direction for the design of public spaces.

The Adelaide Design Manual was created to ensure that the City of Adelaide's public spaces are high-quality, flexible and sustainable, encourage city life and growth, and celebrate Adelaide's diversity and local character in an inclusive, safe and easily accessible manner.

The principles and approaches outlined in the Manual have been designed to be used by government staff, design professionals, members of the community, and others with an interest in public life, to assist in creating consistency across projects of all sizes in the city and contributing to welcoming, authentic and high-quality spaces in the City of Adelaide.

The  Adelaide Design Manual directly supports the Smart Move, The City of Adelaide’s Transport and Movement Strategy 2012-22, in particular Outcome 8: Great Streets.

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Greening the City

As part of the Adelaide Design Manual, Council endorsed the Green Infrastructure Guidelines that aim to support the City of Adelaide as a greener, more environmentally resilient capital.

The guidelines highlight public spaces and greening approaches, which include Living Architecture and Water Sensitive Urban Design working together to create a more sustainable city. The guidelines also highlight a best‐practice approach to greening the City of Adelaideby:

  • Prioritising greening in the city through trees, street plantings, green roofs and walls within Council's existing projects and asset renewal programs
  • Identifying opportunities to add greening to Council‐owned buildings as a series of demonstration projects, including funding and staging requirements
  • Fostering and incentivising developers, business and community uptake of greening initiatives
  • Piloting the greening of a representative residential pocket of the city, with a view to learning lessons that can be applied more broadly across the city.

For more information about greening in the City of Adelaide visit

For more information on greening projects related to the Adelaide Design Manual visit

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