What is the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol?

The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol is a voluntary commitment to specific urban design initiatives by signatory organisations, which include central and local government, the property sector, design professionals, professional institutes and other groups.

The Protocol aims to make our towns and cities more successful by using quality urban design to help them become:

* Competitive places that thrive economically and facilitate creativity and innovation
* Liveable places that provide a choice of housing, work and lifestyle options
* A healthy environment that sustains people and nature
* Inclusive places that offer opportunities for all citizens
* Distinctive places that have a strong identity and sense of place
* Well-governed places that have a shared vision and sense of direction

The Protocol identifies seven essential design qualities:

* Context: Seeing that buildings, places and spaces are part of the whole town or city
* Character: Reflecting and enhancing the distinctive character, heritage and identity of our urban environment
* Choice: Ensuring diversity and choice for people
* Connections: Enhancing how different networks link together for people
* Creativity: Encouraging innovative and imaginative solutions
* Custodianship: Ensuring design is environmentally sustainable, safe and healthy
* Collaboration: Communicating and sharing knowledge across sectors, professions and with communities.

Learn more about the Protocol here.

Local signatories to the Protocol include:

Dunedin City Council
University of Otago

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