“[This report] forms part of a hardnosed effort to ensure that good architecture and design are valued and hence properly funded by all those clients, both public and private, who create the buildings and spaces that form the backdrop to our daily lives.”
-Sir Stuart Lipton, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
Good urban design offers strong competitive advantages and does not necessarily cost more to deliver. This ground-breaking report examines the way in which superior urban design adds value by increasing the economic viability of development and by delivering social and environmental benefits.
The Value of Urban Design examines the results of a study undertaken by the Bartlett School of Planning for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the DETR. Using an analysis of selected mixed-use developments in the UK, it looks at how good urban design provides a range of benefits including higher rental levels, lower maintenance costs, enhanced regeneration and increased public support for development. These economic advantages are accompanied by the less easily quantified benefits of a public sense of safety, enjoyment and pride in their environment. This report forms part of a growing resource of information which can underpin investment and development decisions.
The advantages offered by quality urban design are increasingly acknowledged across stakeholder groups, and this book will be essential reading for developers, investors, occupiers, planners and design professionals. It marks an important step towards ensuring that urban design receives adequate investment from the public and private sectors.