Implementing Urban Developments with Design Codes in Mind

Urban life will soon become the main type of living for the majority in most countries, as larger numbers of a country’s population move to the big cities and urban centres in order to acquire a higher standard of living. As these urban areas become larger and more compact, it is difficult for master planners and architects to design and develop plans that are effective for such areas. Do you build up or out?

Developing effective designs for residential, commercial and cultural projects based within heavily-populated urban areas takes expertise, but it is also worth bearing in mind that urban developments also have to stick to design codes to ensure that the existing structure of the urban environment is not lost.

Regenerating existing urban areas is one section of an urban development that requires clear thinking of design and planning. Buildings and areas of an urban environment are planned to ensure that the entire area experiences an improvement in social conditions, finances, and culturally as a community. If a new idea or philosophy is being attempted within an urban area, design codes ensure that the previous community, its structures, population and the way it works on a daily basis, has enough breathing space in which to continue to thrive. Urban design codes are the safety net for an old community, the central part of any long-term urban regeneration project no matter the location, type of city, size or scope.

So, how does an urban design code help?

The provision of high quality design and planning is at the forefront of local authority and government-led urban regeneration plans. Design codes provide a stable framework through which buildings and communities can be restructured, creating sustainable communities without losing the historical traditions and integrity of the existing communities. Design codes allow urban planners to effectively improve transportation routes and provisions, to reduce levels of crime and to increase levels of public health and community standards.

A design code for urban regeneration outlines that all new planning proposals run through a planning and regulatory stage in tandem. With such interlinking aims and processes, it ensures that at the end of the regeneration process there is a much higher likelihood of a high standard of build. This has not always been the case with urban planning of the past, with new inhabitants of an urban area suffering with health problems; transportation issues and all other problems relating to potentially cramped conditions.

As in any sector or industry, the greater the level of control over all the moving parts and processes of a project, the greater the chances of long-term success. Urban design codes are important as they provide the staging posts and the framework to be aware of throughout the regeneration of an urban area. They help to provide quick and easy resolution to future problems and an easier process to tweak plans or slightly change course if there is a requirement to do so. Once an urban design code has been successfully implemented, it is a system that can be used on other regeneration projects, ensuring there is joined up thought within a city as a whole as it undergoes significant urban regeneration in different areas.

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