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.
- Fit & function
- Continuity and enclosure
- Consistency & variety
- Social Fabric