A broader context is required when working on cities. As with any human endeavour, our mindset towards our urban environment affects not only our approach but also the results. While this site will present concepts, principles and practices which are important, the most critical aspect is how we think of the city.
Image: The building on the left is IHBI – a research building by QUT and the State. Professor Ross Young, the Executive Director, acknowledges the benefits of place in attracting and retaining staff (they don’t have to drive to get a good cup of coffee!). The building on the right is a Queensland State Academy for students in grade 10-12 . The design review panel worked hard to deliver an active edge with such internalised uses like theatres, recording studios etc. The building at the rear is a commercial building by the private sector. All buildings must provide an awning over the Musk Ave footpath – not for negotiation! When the Department of Housing bought the land (17ha within walking distance of the city) we were told that the highest and best use was as small lot housing! Think of the lost economic benefits if we had have acted on this advice.
- The city is a public place
- Permanent residents should have priority
- Urban Manners
- The domain of people is the ground
- Landowner’s rights and responsibilities
- The city/ town is a market place
- The built environment is meaningful and communicates
Place Principles 101 E-Workbook
Available in PPT on slideshare - Place principles
“Very detailed overview of urban design principles“ Damien Ellis, Adelaide, July 2010