Urban design is a crucial component of creating livable and sustainable communities. We had the opportunity to sit down with Colin from 546 Architecture, one of the leading architects for our Steelix on 188th project, to get his perspective on urban design and why it matters.
According to Colin, a well-designed space is one that attracts people. “You can always tell or identify a well-designed space simply by how many people are there,” he said. “We are naturally drawn to these places – where we are together, where we can live together, and work and play together.”
Colin’s observation highlights a critical aspect of urban design: its impact on social interaction. The way we design our cities can either promote or hinder social interaction. A well-designed community creates opportunities for people to come together, interact, and build relationships. (We agree!)
For Colin, good urban design means that it is inclusive and accessible to everyone. “To be good urban design means that is for everyone,” he said. A well-designed city should be accessible to all, regardless of their age, ability, or socioeconomic status.
Creating a city that is accessible and inclusive requires careful planning and design. It means creating walkable neighborhoods with a mix of uses and amenities, providing a variety of transportation options, and ensuring that public spaces are designed with the needs of all users in mind.
Urban design is a critical component of creating livable and sustainable cities. A well-designed city attracts people and fosters social interaction, while also being accessible and inclusive to everyone. As Colin notes, good urban design is for everyone. By prioritizing good urban design, we can create communities that are vibrant, livable, and welcoming to all.
If you’re interested in hearing more from Colin, check out the full video on our YouTube channel!