Study how the site relates to and can contribute to the public realm
Public realm includes streets, sidewalks, parks, civic buildings and other places that are accessible to the public. These spaces are often enlivened by adjacent retail or other privately-owned entities. The public realm is at the heart of civic life, and the relationship of projects to the public realm is a fundamental design issue.
relationship of nearby buildings to the sidewalk and streets
nearby retail or other activities
location and type of nearby public and private open spaces
patterns of trees or other significant vegetation
utility poles, junction boxes, utility meters, and stormwater