Spatial Form
Cox Architecture

The importance of strategic placement of public squares within a spatial layout

A public space has a relationship between its location, layout and the elements which contribute to its purpose and liveliness.

Considering and applying the following fine-grain principles when designing open spaces will improve the quality and viability of a space and generate public life.

  • Strategic placement of public space in response to its context, to generate new activity and facilitate existing activity.
  • Integrated spaces, events and activities create an interesting and memorable public realm.
  • Integrate public space into public transport interchanges to capture commuter activity
  • Focal connection between surrounding destination points and retail anchors to integrate pedestrian movements and activity
  • An interactive focal point reinforces the space and physical presence
  • Fluidity of pedestrian movement within the public space

Understanding the context of an area can allow public spaces to naturally thrive. Co-locating open spaces, plazas, parklets or pockets of activity close to anchors, transport and destinations will determine its success.

Application of a set of finer-grain principles to old, new or when renewing public spaces fundamentally creates better spaces for Sydneysiders to use.

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