URBAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES
DATE: January 09, 2019
The most successful projects are often guided by design principles that have provided direction in helping to create a sense of place. The Urban Design Principles are created to provide evidence to our clients and staff on a range of elements that together make-up a vibrant city environment.
These Urban Design principles are designed:
• To provide guidance on how development contributes to a city’s identity.
• To increase appreciation of the city’s built form.
• To encourage better integration of both public and public-private spaces.
• To inspire responsive design of new buildings and spaces and their interfaces, focusing on quality and place-making principles.
The Todd & Associates’ Urban Design Principles do not propose concrete solutions, but rather offer flexibility to adapt in our ever-changing environment.
1. SITE ORIENTATION/CONTEXT
Understand the interrelationships of the site with its surroundings (site context/edge relationships).
2. EMPHASIZE COMPACTNESS
Provide a walkable environment to promote pedestrian activities and efficient spatial arrangement (desire lines).
3. CREATE DIVERSITY
Provide a range of choices and mix of uses (programmable uses, fronting on spaces).
4. ENSURE BALANCE
Promote a mix of day/evening, as well as weekday/weekend activity generators (promote a residential base within the immediate downtown area to support activities).
5. DEVELOP A SENSE OF HUMAN SCALE
Create quality street level spaces by emphasizing pedestrian activities and providing appropriate building scale (stepping the height of buildings, continuity of street level activity and diversity of materials and colors).
6. CREATE FUNCTIONAL LINKAGES
Provide accessibility and functional linkages (convenient pedestrian linkages should be direct, physically attractive and encourage walking and edge by streetscape).
7. BUILD A SENSE OF PLACE
Create a positive identity and pleasant setting for human interaction (a visually pleasing and physically attractive pedestrian space).