The public spaces of our cities, towns, and villages are unique opportunities to activate and revitalize our urban places. These spaces between buildings, sometimes referred to as the public realm, are places for people to live, work, play and connect – the outdoor room.
The design of the public realm and the form that it takes is a core element of Nederveld’s city building and placemaking services. The largest of our public spaces include the street network and it’s edges – the sidewalk and building walls. The form and the critical interrelation of how people use the street, the sidewalk and the building are urban design.
Through careful observation, years of field research and our own experience of living and working in cities, Nederveld’s architects, planners and urban designers understand the nuance and detail required to design effective public spaces that put people first. We inventory and analyze the surrounding real estate and use the opportunities for redevelopment and the intensity of activity; and consider how these characteristics influence building form, frontage arrangement, and urban details to create compelling places.
It’s the active, transparent and permeable edges, coherent streetscapes and connected sidewalks that makes cities and towns more vibrant and catalyzes economic development.