Public Space Design is a qualitative approach to the design of all spaces that are the interfaces of the built environment, myriad transportation systems and the open space systems around us.
As cities continue to expand, become increasingly complex, they put an ever-pressing demand on the effective utilization of all resources, including land. More than ever is there a need for effective public space design to allow for an effective engagement between the built and the open. It is in this domain that the quality of life is best expressed and experienced.
Cross-disciplinary approaches determine the outcomes of public space design. As such, anyone with an aptitude for collaboration, critical and analytical thinking and an all-encompassing approach to problem solving can participate in the process of public space design.
Students will be exposed to a wide range of perspectives and design criteria that aid and allow the process of designing public space design. Practical tools for analytical assessment and critical approach will be key learning outcomes.
Designers engaged with the public domain need to develop an understanding of the cross disciplinary factors that influence the quality of public spaces. A clear understanding of planning policy, community perspectives, collaboration, and critical thinking, is key to enable effective design solutions.
Students will graduate with an informed perspective on the design and upkeep of public spaces with an understanding of the key stakeholder objectives, involved in the decisions that influence the public domain.