Top 10 Indicators of Good Urban Design



There are so many things to consider when designing a city- but when considering urban design specifically, here are what I believe to be the top 10 indicators of a well-designed place (in no particular order):

  1. A Space Becomes a Place
  2. Built on the Past
  3. Connected to the Landscape
  4. Expect the Unexpected
  5. Mix and Match
  6. Cohesion, Not Uniformity
  7. Economically Viable
  8. Equitable and Inclusive
  9. Environmentally Conscious
  10. Focus on the People, Not the Car

The connection between this kind of environment and one’s health cannot be overlooked. Good urban design is by nature about empowering the health of every individual. Because the definition of health is optimizing the following components of your life:

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Relationships
  • Money
  • Work
  • Environment
  • Curiosity

Top 10 Indicators of Good Urban Design