Urban&Public and Six Degrees Urban worked together for the City of Adelaide to examine and document in detail how to regulate and achieve the best building fabric and public domain to encourage an active and connected public realm. The project was jointly funded with State Government, to deliver better quality public domain and better buildings in the recently established Design Excellence and Development Assessment programs.
The document is set out in three parts;
—Human Scale at Street Level
This guideline is part of Adelaide City Council’s Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF aims to provide a template for new development and alterations to existing buildings, that will, piece by piece and step by step, help create a more coherent, active, diverse and inclusive Adelaide city centre. The focus of these guidelines is the interface between the public and private realm. Whilst this is a particular part of the physical fabric of the city, it represents in a broader sense one of the fundamental aspects of city life, the relationship between the community and the individual, where the public benefit and private property rights come together.
Client // Adelaide City Council
Client // 2012—2014
Link: Adelaide Design Manual
U&P were engaged by Woollahra Council to review the existing public domain of Double Bay town centre, and propose a vision for better utilisation and long term improvements to the street, laneway and arcade network — alongside the important public gathering spaces, parks and Sydney Harbour foreshore, and investigate better links to public transport whilst improving active transport outcomes.
The strategy sets a pathway and intentions for integrated future public domain improvements across the centre, from building interface issues with the public domain, street trees, squares, markets, street furniture, wayfinding and lighting. As part of this work we established a strong public domain hierarchy — a framework for all future capital works investments.
Client // Woollahra Council
Year // 2016
Urban&Public worked with GHD in the detailed study and analysis of connectivity within the Orange City Council and to surrounding areas, for the development of an Active Travel Plan. This strategic document aimed to guide the implementation and maintenance of active travel infrastructure, programs and the encouragement of greater participation in active transport options.
The Plan has been developed to go beyond the standard Bike Plan as required by the RMS to include streamlined delivery and a higher degree of usability for Council staff and the community.
The plan focuses on deliverables that empower the user, including:
— Project assessment tool
— Service level zoning maps
— Typical details
— Detailed project plans
— Wayfinding templates
— Education programs
— Community communication tools such as social media, printable online content and active travel information packs
— Infrastructure planning, including end of trip and mid trip amenity, paths and connections
The team prepared a full website feedback form using ‘Bang the Table’ to garner feedback from the general public about cycling and walking for active transport.
Client // Orange City Council
Year // 2015—2016
Urban&Public was engaged by the City of Adelaide to develop a Public Art Strategy for Gawler Place which is one of the major pathways north—south streets linking the two important civic and transport routes on North Terrace at the north and Wakefield Street at the south.
The strategy assists with the reinvigoration of the street through public art initiatives, transforming it into an exciting and unique destination at the heart of the Rundle Mall Precinct.
It establishs and guide Public Art responses by identifying the opportunies along the street, in the context of understanding the historical, social physical characteristics that may direct and inform artist reponses.
In essence, the document is used as
a guide to aid artists, property owners and facilitators in selecting appropriate outcomes cognisant of the opportunities identified.
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources identified a need to consolidate and simplify the process of signage management and implementation across their organisation. Urban&Public in collaboration with Studio Binocular were engaged to create a legible and user friendly document to assist employees in this task.
The Signage Manual provides direction for the planning, design, manufacture and installation and maintenance of all signs at all National Parks sites.
A key objective of the project was to create a user friendly and interactive manual to streamline the proces of signage production and ensure the consistent use of signs in all parks. It also ensures that visitor’s experiences are enhanced and risk to their safety is minimised.
The document was created as an interactive pdf, that allows users to be guided by a ‘steps’ process linked to relevant information at key decision points. This is enabled by having the pdf operate like a website allowing navigation backwards and forwards through the document.
Client // Department of Energy and Natural Resources, South Australia
Year // 2016
The Goulburn Valley Wayfinding Strategy was initiated to assist activity centres and townships to promote walking and cycling in a coordinated program across three municipalities.
The Shire of Moira, Greater Shepparton and Starthbogie had identified a number of issues facing local communities that would benefit from integrated active transport infrastructure.
During extensive consultation with over 12 communities across the three municipalities itbecame clear that a signage family could help promote local tourism by encouraging extended stays for the region. It was identified that each town had some level of historical or cultural walk that could be promoted through the signage family. The walks became an attractive way to explore these towns and in doing so create more foot traffic and increase retail spending.
Client// City of Greater Shepparton, Shire of Strathboggie, Shire of Moira