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Approach

Social dynamics: A community led process is followed to address a number of key challenges,
includes transportation, housing, community facilities. It is important to include the local people
into the design and development process. It is also useful to delve into the local history to
understand how the place has evolved over time.

Place: Everywhere is somewhere. An assessment of the roles and relationship of the project area
to its strategic context, together with an appreciation of the individual characteristics of form and
the way a place is used were done. a city in itself, housing a large portion of the total local
population

Urban cores: Mixed use cores/ centres with the highest concentrations of activity emerge along
major movement networks.

Density: Densification in the project area should focus on urban cores and along major movement
networks. Areas targeted for densification should be well served by public transport, social
facilities, open and recreational space.

Housing: The project will be a sustainable development due to the access to public facilities and
choice of housing typologies. Multiple housing options for
the inhabitants which insures greater choice for the residents of the city include, mixed use
accommodation, apartments (800sqf) lofts and penthouses. Oces is incorporated within the
prominent nodes.

Principles of design

Places for people: Container City will become a safe, comfortable, varied and attractive place for
people. The distinctive nature, variety and choice oer opportunities for meeting people and
creating good living environments.

Enrich the existing: The new project will enrich the qualities of the existing context and a
distinctive response will encouraged that arises from and com- pliments the setting. This implies
to every scale: the region, the neighbourhood and the street.

Making connections: Careful considerations will also be given to pedestrianisation, cycling and
public trans- port in order for the development to be accessible and integrated.

Work with the landscape: The project will aim to strike a balance between the natural and man
made environment and strive to utilise the sites intrinsic resources - the climate, landform,
landscape and ecology - to maximise energy conservation and amenity.

Mix uses and forms: The demands from the widest range of users, amenities and social groups
will be
met through the project of stimulating, enjoyable and convenient places. Thus, dierent building
forms, uses, tenures and densities will be woven together.

Community life: In order to create a successful community a full range of local services and
facilities, including commercial, educational, health, spiritual and civic uses will be developed
(within the green framework). Places and spaces where a variety of activities can take place, will
form the back- bone of the development.

Block size
Small is beautiful. In considering the optimal size of the development block, a trade-o has to be
struck between the ease of access, the ability to sustain a variety of buildings types and uses, and
the ability to change and adapt over time.

Block shape
Shape for change. Square blocks are generally thought to oer the most excitability basis for
accommodating a range of commercial and residential buildings and more options for internal
treatment.

Block interiors
Internal excitability. Perimeter block structure enables a variety of interior treatments, including
service yards and delivery bays, cycling storage, private and communal gardens with childrens
play spaces, houses with workshops, a park or a civic squares.

Residential blocks and buildings


Face the street: The most fundamental requirement in structuring built form within development
blocks is to make a clear distinction between public fronts and private backs. Buildings which
front streets, squares and parks present their public face to the outside world and give life to it.
Public fronts and private backs are made distinct when primary access is from the street, the

principal frontage. Where this principle is not followed, stand-alone pavilion buildings often
expose blank sides, car parking and rear servicing to the street.

Line the perimeter: Lining the edges of blocks with perimeter buildings is the best way to
accommodate a diversity of building types and uses at medium-high densities, while ensuring
that buildings relate positivity to the public realm.

Routes
Successful project depends on good access and connections. The connections, primary and
secondary routes, between the project site and its surroundings are important. To integrate the
site with its surroundings, it is first necessary to analyse existing point of access and linkages for
both movement and infrastructure.

A successful movement network provides the maximum choice for how people will make their
journeys, takes full account of the kinds of movement and makes clear connections to existing
routes and facilities.

The primary and secondary movement routes therefore make it as easy and attractive to walk,
cycle or take the bus or train, as it is to travel by car.

Green structure
A quality landscape and a sense of urbanism can, and should, go hand in hand. The landscape,
blocks and buildings, and movement framework are the main design elements of this urban
project. Landscape consideration is given to the design of open spaces, water, movement
corridors, parks, squares, streets and street furniture, hard and soft spaces.

A key design principle is to treat everything as landscape, buildings define the edge of space,
landscape occupies the space, whether it is a park, a street, a fence or a pavement. Provide a
variety of open space types is necessary to assess the quality of existing provisions in the wider
context, and use this as the basis for deciding on the elements of a proposed open space
hierarchy.

Urban structure
Urban structure refers to the pattern or arrangement of development blocks, streets, buildings,
open space and landscape which make up urban areas. It is the interrelationship between all
these elements, rather than their particular characteristics that bond together to make a place.

Container Citys urban structure provides the foundations for detailed design of the constituent
elements. It creates a coherent framework, which forms the basis of the design of individual areas
within the project area and achieve the following:

_Integration with the surrounding areas.


Functional eciency so that individual elements work together.
_Environmental harmony that are energy ecient and ecological sensitive.
_A sense of place that is a recognisable distinct.

Activity corridors

Routes gives life and activity corridors are the arteries of the city and Container City. Corridors
are deter- mined as main routes through its relationship to the nodes of activity or centres.
Accessibility within this corridors and how easy it is for people to travel and the choice they have
about how they travel are important for urban mobility and connectivity.

Pedestrian and vehicular through-movement are an opportunity to create lively, viable mixed-use,
rather than a problem to be re-routed.

What matters is that corridors, wherever possible, movement on foot, by bicycle or by public
transport should be as easy and convenient as using a car. The car should not be excluded from
activity corridors, what is needed is an appropriate balance between trac and other to create
attractive, lively, safe and interesting places.

Densities

Recent moves towards the creation of sustainable places that oer a high quality of life whilst
minimising resource consumption, energy and water and land, are the density concept of the
project. Density is only a measure, it is a product of design, not a determinant of it. The aim
should therefore be not to achieve a given residential density, but rather to generate a critical
mass of people able to support urban services such as public transport, shops, schools and
churches.

Special places
Special places refer to the grouping of public amenities, that includes daycare centres, clinics,
nurseries and churches, around a public space.

Public services and amenities support residents and workers, and provide focal elements of the
urban structure that help to encourage a strong sense of community and identity. Nurseries,
libraries, community centres, police and re stations, government oces are the best placed at the
central points in highly visible locations. Public squares can be used to emphasise their civic
status.

Both the scale and the mix of uses the special places contains will depend on where the scheme
sits in relation to the urban hierarchy. Mixing tenures around these special places promotes social
diversity and it is important to spread dierent building types and tenures across this range.

A comfortable and stimulating public realm, special places, that encourages social interaction
requires detailed attention to the structure of a space and the elements it contains. The best
public spaces often have nodes of activity, complimented by quit zones for rest and people
watching. Deciding the relative positioning of activity areas requires attention to:

Visibility, to enable people to have views across spaces. Orientation, south facing sunny and well
sheltered spots with seating.

Facilities for sitting and stopping in public spaces. Places for children and the elderly. It is
particularly important near housing to create spaces for children to play and for parents and cares
to meet.

Urban agriculture, parks and public squares

All sites are habitats.

Container City oers suggestions on how urban agriculture could shape the urban form and
contribute towards safe public space making. Key urban strategies to create magnetic and unique
agriculture and food precincts and community places where food is celebrated is explored.

Provision is made for a variety of opens space types, including urban agriculture and parks and
public spaces, and a planting framework is established for the project. A variety of parkland

distributed within the urban area ensures a range of recreational needs within close proximity to
homes and placed of work.