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Urban Design Compendium

How the Compendium is Organised

These pages contain guidance on the principles of urban design, taken from the Urban Design Compendium.

The guidance is structured in 5 sections, each of which provides detailed guidance and practical examples of where this has been achieved:

  • Appreciating the Context – how urban design thinking interprets and builds on historic character, natural resources and community aspirations to develop a vision of what a place might become
  • Creating the Urban Structure – looking at the relationships between the components of a place: blocks, streets, buildings, open space, landscape etc
  • Making the Connections – ensuring people can move around effectively and sustainably through well designed streets, footpaths, public transport, green corridors etc
  • Detailing the Place – detailing of buildings and public realm and, critically how these work together
  • Implementation & Delivery– managing the design process beyond completion

Further guidance on the processes which help to ensure these design principles are delivered can be found in the Delivering Quality Places section.


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