Good urban design aims to create productive, sustainable and liveable places for people. In developing plans for a refurbished Heritage Mall, good urban design will mean consideration of local businesses, the natural landscape, the existing built environment, community interaction and our future city needs.
The current pedestrian mall was opened in 1988, and it's clear that any changes we make will be long-lasting and require a significant public investment.
One challenge in developing our new Mall design will be the balance of spaces for various activities and uses. The stretch of the Mall to be refurbished is just over 400 metres long. The introduction of a one way flow of traffic means consideration of parking, access for public transport, loading zones, pedestrian movements, landscaping, street furniture, outdoor dining, lighting, play features, spaces for public gathering and events and much more.
Who or what is your number one priority in making a space for the next ten years and beyond? And why?