Building beauty in Australian towns and cities, locally.
Street Level Australia is an association of local groups working to make Australian places more beautiful and conducive to human flourishing by advancing good urbanism, traditional architecture and quality building.
Street Level is a fundamentally local organisation. We are currently active in Perth and Melbourne and working to seed the creation of local Street Level groups around Australia. See where we are active and register your interest in starting a Street Level group.
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Stop ugly, bland and soulless architecture and urban design
Push back against and oversized, poor-quality developments
Encourage beautiful architecture and resilient developments
Plan and build a city or neighbourhood that will last hundreds of years
Advocate for human-scale and walkable neighbourhoods
Transform suburbia to promote human flourishing
Beauty. We exist to advance beauty in the built environment.
We exist to advance beauty in the built environment. It is the natural state of humanity to seek out beauty. When something is beautiful, we are more likely to treasure it as something to be protected and celebrated. Beauty creates community and belonging. Beauty in the built environment is characterised by exquisite architecture and successful city planning. Ugly buildings, on the other hand, invite disdain, resentment or indifference.
‘People do not only want beauty in their surroundings. They are repelled by ugliness, which is a social cost that everyone is forced to bear. Ugliness means buildings that are unadaptable, unhealthy and unsightly, and which violate the context in which they are placed. Such buildings destroy the sense of place, undermine the spirit of community, and ensure that we are not at home in our world.’ — Living with Beauty report, UK Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Longevity. We advocate for buildings and developments that will last hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Tradition. We believe that there is an abundance of wisdom, knowledge and technology that our culture and institutions must rediscover.
Localism. We believe that decision-making should take place at the most local level possible.
Increase the proportion of new buildings and developments that will last hundreds or thousands of years — not decades — and get better, not worse, with age
Increase the proportion of new buildings and developments that are beautiful according to a set of objective standards
Influence local design guides and state regulations to encourage beauty, refuse ugliness and promote resilience in the built environment
What do we mean by beauty?
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? We say, no. Beautiful buildings outlast their function. Australians flock overseas to visit the great cities of the world because they are objectively beautiful.
The key to health and wellbeing
Building classical, traditional cities and suburbs is a key to improving mental and physical health, and research backs this up. Transforming the built environment is one of the best levers we have.
There is nothing more environmentally sustainable than building for hundreds and thousands of years, not decades. In lieu of solar panels and HVAC systems we can look to our ancestors’ solutions.
We are building a revolution.
We are building a revolution to increase the number of beautiful, quality and enduring local neighbourhoods, streets and buildings in Australia through local chapters comprised of people who deeply love, and are fighting to improve, their local area.
Unlike most revolutions, we intend to restore, not purge, the wisdom of the past in a new vision of progress.