Urban design is about the design of the buildings, places, spaces and transport networks that make up our towns and cities. It’s about knowing how individuals, households, organisations, institutions, infrastructure and governance agencies interact within a complex urban eco-system.
As a nation we need to give our attention to urban design issues. With over 85 per cent of our population residing in towns and cities, urban areas are the places where the quality of the environment most directly affects our quality of life – even more than our national parks and marine reserves.
Quality urban design operates at different levels and scales, from the details of street furniture to the infrastructure that shapes entire cities and regions. More than ever, the quality of life and the legacy that current generations leave future generations will depend on the degree to which we are successful in developing our cities.