Image: we used to design public buildings to look like their function and also provide community benefits. Brisbane’s GPO has a clock, pedestrian cover and provides a safe mid block short cut! Does your local post office do this? No more.. libraries, post offices, council offices in shopping centres or business parks. They need to be activating street based centres!
The built environment is a powerful communicator. It speaks of and reflects our culture, community values, aspirations and achievements. It reflects us. It tells a story. How and what it expresses will largely determine the meaning of a place to us and its level of 'memorability' and meaning.
Our urban places provide the stage of life for most of us. Our memories, our links to the past as well as the future, are influenced by the impressions that the built environment makes upon us. The meanings that individuals take from those impressions are the substance of humanity. We have a duty of care to create places for the future well being of all the inhabitants.
- 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