Transportation is more than trains, planes and automobiles. The design of the built environment can make or break a successful transportation system. Transport for NSW and the state government architect recognise this and have come up with a great guide to movement and place.
The guide aims to change some established ways of working so that we get better places and better outcomes. It outlines:
- a collaborative method for practitioners, stakeholders, and the community
- shared responsibility and a shared language to support collaboration
- a process for implementing this approach in decisions and project types
- criteria for measuring and evaluating movement and place now and in future projects
The Practitioner’s Guide to Movement and Place has three main sections. The introduction to the concept and implementing a place based approach cover the practicalities. The third section is more about understanding why this approach is important. The guide is necessarily technical in places and has a reference list at the end.
Established working practices and standards are likely to change, according to the guide. It is asking professionals to think differently about their role in creating successful places.
There is a companion guide, Aligning Movement and Place.
Editor’s Note: I couldn’t find a mention of accessibility and inclusion. I assume that practitioners will make this part of the process, but that means it will likely rely on existing standards. Aboriginal custodians get a mention.