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Public Realm


Design to Support a Legible Hierarchy of Public Spaces


Projects should understand their location in the hierarchy of public space and respond accordingly. For example, a site that terminates a vista would be designed as a focal point, while a project that is part of the urban fabric would be designed to fit well with adjacent properties. Design to support a hierarchy of public spaces will help wayfinding and character.


a.   Use buildings to help shape and define public spaces where appropriate.  

b.   Consider vistas, views and irregularities in the street network and block pattern to retain views or to create focal points.

c.   Highlight important crossings, intersections, and transitions where appropriate.

d.   Incorporate wayfinding that complements project design and surrounding wayfinding systems, with common indicators, destinations, and signed decision points.

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