Urban Design is the process of shaping urban settings. Urban Design is about urban structure, the relationship between spaces, roads and the density and range of activities. It involves the design of the public realm, the places and spaces between buildings, streets, parks and reserves to create the best possible public amenity in the most sustainable way. Urban design is not just concerned with the physical environment but the social, economic and cultural impact of that design. It requires input from many different sectors and professions and includes the process of decision making as well as the outcomes.
High quality urban environments are achieved through a comprehensive design process. Urban design considers the building blocks of development holistically to create the best urban form practicable. Traditional approaches to land development have emphasised lot yield, engineering, and surveying requirements. These elements are important but the primary objective of planning and urban design is to create liveable communities that are safe, sustainable and rich in amenities for all users. New subdivisions must be designed to meet today’s needs but also robust and adaptable enough to accommodate the needs of future generations.
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