New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/10A - Page 92

the intensification and sustainable growth of the urban environment. Landscape architects are leading the urban renaissance of our public realm. The strategic and multi-levelled approach to design, inherent in our training and thinking as landscape architects and urban designers, lends itself well to creating opportunities to add value. A multi-levelled approach to design, with the diverse engagement of all parties is critical. Understanding the needs of the community and businesses, and a flexible approach to meeting these needs, allows for current and future aspirations and economic opportunities. For successful public spaces, these economic drivers also need to take into account transport, services, ecological and environmental aspects; and a respect for the heritage, culture and the character of each place. There will also be statutory requirements, the strategic goals and policies of city plans; and the need for beautification. All of this requires a 90 search | save | share at thorough design process – one that considers all diverse aspects and needs, and one that results in intelligent landscape and public realm transformations. Such projects will not only enhance the physical environment, meet the needs of the community and promote diversity of urban life, but also do more to support business beyond increasing the passing potential-customer numbers. There are numerous examples that demonstrate the real economic value that high-quality public space can add to a development and the surrounding properties and businesses. This is not just through the beautification and increased footfall, but also through the social value, health and wellbeing factors, proximity to – and provision of – certain amenities, and more broadly, the way a development can change the face of an area, allowing people to see new opportunities and potential. Recent work by Auckland Council on its CBD shared-space streets has included pre-works