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Evolving advice on what spaces are actually for

According to Julia Smachylo from Urban Design Skills, guidance on public realm design is moving away from the previous emphasis on streets as simply conduits for traffic

According to Julia Smachylo, Gun Wharf in Plymouth is a rare example of a successful, newly built, residential street
According to Julia Smachylo, Gun Wharf in Plymouth is a rare example of a successful, newly built, residential street
Changing places: before (above) – an ordinary residential street; and after (below) – images taken from public realm design guidance showing design options emphasising the place function of streets
Changing places: before (above) – an ordinary residential street; and after (below) – images taken from public realm design guidance showing design options emphasising the place function of streets

 

“Policy and practice have been re-examining past performance and promoting new initiatives in the field of public realm design, specifically the role of streets in our perception of the framework and use of urban areas,” says Julia Smachylo of Urban Design Skills, who are joint organisers of the CABE Urban Design Summer School. “And within this arena, public realm design guides have been used to set a standard for street design. Design guides recognise the role of a high...

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