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Urban Design Compendium



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Ouse Bridge, Bedford (Architect: Chris Wilkinson

Landscape encompasses many aspects including open spaces, water, movement corridors, parks, squares, streets and street furniture. It is a fundamental design element of all urban projects.

The landscape structure should therefore be designed upfront to avoid landscaping becoming simply Space Left Over After Planning (SLOAP). It should also look to work with and value what is already there.

The landscaping strategy should consider:

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Childrens play ground, Cockle Bay, Sydney
  • Quality of existing open space provision
  • Public Access to open space
  • Open space networks
  • Wildlife and Ecology
  • Topography
  • Microclimate
  • Management and maintenance of public realm
  • Potential for urban forestry

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