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Urban Design Compendium


The Importance of Urban Design

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By analysing existing places and the complex relationships between their constituent parts we can learn to recognise and create the qualities of a rich and stimulating urban environment.

Urban Design is the art of making places for people. It is therefore concerned with how they function, not just how they look. It covers the connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric and the processes for ensuring successful places are delivered and maintained.

Urban design draws together many strands of place-making – environmental concerns, social equity and economic viability – to create places which work and are sustainable in the long term. 

Urban design brings together issues of planning, transportation, architectural design, development economics, landscape and engineering to create a vision for an area and then ensure it is delivered.

The guidance on ‘Principles of Urban Design’ relates to the art of making places for people. The guidance on ‘Delivering Quality Places’ relates to the processes for ensuring successful places are delivered and maintained.

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