The Integrated Design Commission SA (IDC) concluded in December 2012.  In addition to  providing leadership and strategic advice on design, architecture and urban design, the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) now plays an important leadership role in taking forward, and embedding across government, the outcomes of the IDC and 5000+ (the Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide).



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Design touches every aspect of our lives.


We all interact with design every day. With appliances at home, in our cars and public transport, holding a fork or getting dressed.


Design is not just about appearance, but how something performs. Whether it’s a hand held appliance or an urban scale precinct, the shape, colour and material of something may catch our eye initially. But the benefits of good design are measurable. In reduced workplace injury, stress and illness, increased productivity and social cohesion, in crime prevention, micro climate comfort, better access, reduced building maintenance and lifecycle costs.


Design can also be a way of approaching difficult social, environmental or economic challenges. Increasingly, design is being understood as a means of delivering ‘break through’ thinking in health care, the challenge of successful aging in our community, retrofit for our cities in the context of a carbon constrained future. Read more >



Photography Sam Noonan 2012

Design South Australia
52 projects that have the potential to change and transform South Australia. Read more
Report: COAG Reform Council
Read review of capital city strategic planning systems Read more
Connecting the Dots
Find out how IDC SA is connecting with the SA Strategic Plan and the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide Read more
zero carbon challenge - winner announced
We challenge South Australia's development industry to build a house that achieves ‘zero carbon' Read more
Audio: Women with a Plan
Listen to the Panel discussion from the Women with a Plan event on 15 May 2012. Read more
Design Friday
Weekly spotlight on South Australian design Read more
Report: Tracking South Australia's Integrated Design Sector
Download South Australia's first ever snapshot of the integrated design sector Read more
5000 + Your ideas can help shape the future of inner Adelaide. Read more
Creating Places for People
An Urban Design Protocol for Australian cities Read more
a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture. Read more
Design Review Panels
Everything you need to know about the IDC SA's Design Review program Read more
Recipes for Systemic Change
Australian Urbanist Dan Hill delivered the public lecture ‘Recipes for Systemic Change’ on 16 November 2011 Read more
Design Council Forum: Talking Heads
In 2011, Design Council UK and IDCSA embarked on a unique partnership which, recognises the role of good quality, well-designed places in enhancing quality of life. Click here to see highlights from the Design Council Forum in London. Read more
Video: Jamming in the classroom
See what happens when designers from the Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design, swap the design studio for the classroom.
Diamond standard
The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute is a significant development in health & medical research for South Australia. Read more
The Plan 101.5fm
pod and broadcasts Read more
Design Calender
A month-by-month calendar on all things design, urban planning and development Read more
Video: Shall we dense?
A presentation on density and renewal by Simon McPherson, architect and practising urban designer.
On Location: Every city has its harbour
Opinion piece by Timothy Horton, Commissioner for Integrated Design. Santa Monica, July 2011 Read more
Video: Flux 2011
UniSA architecture students found themselves waist-deep in recycled plastic designing an awe-inspiring centrepiece for the opening night of Flux 2011. www.flux2011
20th Century heights
20th century skyscrapers scaled new heights and transformed the city Read more
Green Belt
Adelaide’s Park Lands are a living testament of enduring city design and planning. Read more
Urban cartoonist
From the provocative to the thought provoking, urban cartoonist Ross Bateup delivers a unique perspective on Adelaide’s urban initiatives Read more