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As cities of all sizes are experiencing growth, communities are increasingly looking for thoughtful expertise to foster greater connections between people and places. We partner with communities of all sizes and types across disciplines to build great places

Beyond a single project or discipline, urban design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that enhances the urban environment by creating spaces for people. Urban design relies on the wider context of an urban environment and all its components, including history, human behavior, infrastructure, the economy, climate, ecology, equity and sustainability. By planning with the wider context in mind, urban design creates people-centered places that raise the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Elements of Urban Design are produced through:

 

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Urban Design

Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development / BMPS

Engineers working alongside designers and planners to ensure that infrastructure, design of buildings and communities complement each other. Includes utilities, communication, stormwater, water quality, and transportation infrastructure.

Mixed Use

Create an emphasis on the look, feel and function of an area rather than what happens inside the buildings. This comes with the recognition that the most vibrant and successful areas are ones that have a complimentary mixture of uses including places to live, work, shop and gather.

Life on the Street

Buildings, uses, and urban design that creates a lively, active street environment.

Building Form

Design guidelines or development standards intended to ensure that new buildings are thoughtfully designed, human scale and street level friendly. Buildings should also include durable materials so that they can be re-used for a variety of tenants and uses.

Transit-Oriented Development

Includes a mix of commercial, residential, office, and entertainment centered on, or located near, a transit station. Focuses on increasing residential density and overall levels of activity to capitalize on transit investments. Also creates seamless connections to and from the transit, which encourages people to use the system.

Public Plazas and Gathering Spaces

Spaces near civic buildings and parks provide areas for people to gather, creating a sense of community. These spaces should be designed with the demographics of a location in mind. For example, people of varying ages, cultures and abilities.

Natural Features/Environment

Incorporating nature into the design of a place, which provides green space, passive recreational opportunities, and environmental value.

Parks, Open Space and Trails

A connected system of active and passive recreation opportunities that enhance quality of life.

Complete Streets

Ensure the streets and rights-of-way work for people in cars, on foot, on bikes, riding transit and other means of transportation.

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