- concept design options for development projects
- coordination of the compilation of design guidelines
- master planning of development sites
- streetscape analysis
- visual impact analysis
- heritage / character analysis
- urban design advice & assessment
- community & civic design
- infill development advice
- landscape analysis & design advice
- sustainable development approaches
- graphical communications such as preparation of artist’s impressions, rendered plans and drawings, photomontages, 3D images to illustrate development proposals and the like
‘Urban design aims at the creation of useful, attractive, safe, environmentally sustainable, economically successful and socially equitable places. Good urban design pursues local identity and sense of place, cultural responsiveness and purposeful environmental innovation. It achieves a high level of quality, comfort, safety, equity, beauty and cohesion in the overall, physical outcome of all the development, planning, engineering, architectural and landscape design decisions that contribute to urban change’
(Planning Institute of Australia)
Why use urban design services through Martoo Consulting?
Despite its popularity in contemporary literature, urban design is still a misleading term and used by wide variety of groups in different circumstances.
Most projects in an urban setting ranging from the design of a single dwelling house to a mixed use commercial development to a large master planned community will benefit from the incorporation of urban design principles. Circumstances where urban design services can be successfully applied are: -
- projects where proposed design concepts need to consider the overlap and interplay between two or more of the following – architectural design, landscape design, town planning and certain civil engineering elements;
- development proposals within or beside a site with cultural heritage or local character values;
- development projects within an urban area where Council’s planning scheme requires assessment of the proposed design against specific outcomes in certain performance based codes;
- development proposals which incorporate public spaces on either private or community land;
- development proposed abutting or otherwise impacting on community or public spaces; and
- the presentation of development proposals in urban areas to decision makers, users, stakeholders and/or the community, for their consideration.