In the face of an increasingly urbanised world and ever greater climate challenges, the city must give space to many while simultaneously managing to bring us together.
Democratic urban design is about creating inclusive environments with few barriers while simultaneously preserving the unique character of a space. With a norm-creative eye, we identify and build upon what is already there to mould urban environments that are inter-connected, functional, interesting and secure. Environments which hold differences and diversity, where urban life and urban form work in support of one another.
The shared environment must be our starting point for all urban development. We need to create parks, squares and streets that can meet the needs of real people and inspire us to meet and engage. By integrating blue and green infrastructure, and by strengthening the links between different zones, we can build nurturing, sustainable environments that can live and grow over time.