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Urban Design Compendium

Appreciating the Context

A thorough appreciation of the overall site context is the starting point for designing a distinct place. Context is the character and setting of the area within which a scheme will sit.

By having an understanding of factors such as the history of the place, how it developed, the people who live there and how it functions developments can be more effectively and appropriately positioned.

The key priorities to be considered are:

  • Communities – understanding social dynamics can help developments reinforce local communities
  • Place– drawing inspiration from indigenous character can strengthen local identity
  • Natural resources – maximising use of the sites intrinsic resources can create more sustainable developments
  • Connections – understanding existing street and road linkages can help develop an effective and integrated movement framework
  • Feasibility – ensuring schemes are economically viable and deliverable
  • Vision – understanding the aspirations of the site


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