The NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, has recently announced a draft Architecture and Design Policy for NSW with a particular focus on ensuring that good design is part of Sydney’s growth.

Government architect Peter Poulet will lead the development of the final policy through the involvement of communities, industry and professionals, but there are some critical issues to be debated before good design is mandated on us all. The history of design-led approaches to planning cities has many examples of visionary…