Making New Zealand towns and cities more successful through quality urban design.
The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol calls for a significant step up in the quality of urban design in New Zealand and a change in the way we think about our towns and cities. As part of a co-ordinated programme of sustainable development, it aims to ensure New Zealand's towns and cities are successful places for people.
It will achieve this by:
- creating a national cross-sector commitment to quality urban design
- providing a national resource of tools, actions and experiences
- setting up partnerships between government, the private sector and professionals
- increasing the awareness of quality urban design and demonstrating its value.
The Urban Design Protocol recognises that:
- towns and cities are complex systems that require integrated management
- quality urban design is an essential component of successful towns and cities
- urban design needs to be an integral part of all urban decision-making
- urban design requires alliances across sectors and professionals
- urban design applies at all scales, from small towns to large cities
- urban design has a significant influence on people and how they live their lives
- our towns and cities are important expressions of New Zealand's cultural identity including our unique Maori heritage.