Animators: active, safe, well-used public places

William St - Northbridge, Perth, WA, AUS

Good urban design introduces, maintains and intensifies human activity within the public realm.  An example of an active building: retail use; transparent facade; interaction with the street; and a little whimsical?

Animators - active, safe and well used public places

We can deliver this quality through:

  • Active edges - this can be a measured by the percentage of active frontages at street level.  We also need to design the levels up to 6 storeys to relate to the street. 
  • Activities in and overlooking public spaces - while we can design an active edge, the use of the building is important.  For example, we have all seen main streets impacted by banks sticking ads over windows.  
  • Comfortable and interesting places - we want to encourage people to stay.  
  • Activation also extends to people on the move - consider the broader structure to encourage people to move through a place.  The 'movement economy' can support active uses.  
  • Animation through management and use of places - social fabric including events, activities, markets. tenants etc (Place Management).  

 Derived from the VIC Urban Design Charter.

Place Drivers

  1. Character
  2. Diversity
  3. Accessibility
  4. Fit & function
  5. Animators
  6. Continuity and enclosure
  7. Consistency & variety
  8. Legibility
  9. Structure
  10. Features
  11. Social Fabric
  12. Sustainability


Place Preference

  1. Quality of the public realm
  2. Safety
  3. Creativity
  4. Sensory pleasure


More Information..

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Place Tools - Context - Audit

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