Most of the cherished and highly valued places in Australia, as well as other parts of the world, share key characteristics or 'Place Qualities'.
Image: An Australian Urban Design Award winner - the conversion of a water reservoir into a high quality urban park – reminiscent of Greece. Good urban design or good park design?
Most of the cherished and highly valued places in Australia, as well as other parts of the world, share these key characteristics.
The first 12 are drivers of good urban design/placemaking. The “optimisers” (not sure if this is the best word yet?) are variable, based on personal preference. For example you might have a different tolerance for safety to an older or younger person (‘grittyness’)?
- Fit & function
- Continuity and enclosure
- Consistency & variety
- Social Fabric
Based on the Qualities of Successful Places in the Councillor's Guide to Urban Design (Urban Intiatives, 2003). This is a excellent and concise introduction to urban design. As well as the NZ Urban Design Protocol and the VIC Urban Design Charter.
Place Qualities E-Workbook
Relevant Blogs: Be brave - click the red button; Design and the four categories of placemaking; Home advertising - literally; Is your favourite place 5 Star?; Movie - New Town 1948; Should we copy local architecture?; William H Whyte's doco - “The Social Life of Small Urban Places”; Why height limits in our cities deliver more interesting places; Traffic studies are bull****; Forget the gym - focus on place!; 13 products to facilitate walking