from a graduate planner in private consultancy
Our consultancy had been commissioned to design a small residential development proposal of about 20 allotments. I spent some days undertaking the usual urban design process—formulating some options based on topographical issues, vehicular traffic, pedestrian movements and parkland access. I proudly presented to my director two alternatives that I thought were brilliantly designed. His reaction was simple; he took a pen and, ignoring all those principles, drew up a ‘design’ that squeezed in one additional allotment. It was an appalling, irrational layout that broke pretty much all of the design principles I had learned at university. My urban design career didn’t start well.
My advice from this experience is not to give up on good urban design—like I did.