Decoding Design Guidance

Authored by: Matthew Carmona

Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415553643
eBook ISBN: 9780203844434
Adobe ISBN: 9781136920097


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This chapter focuses on the use of design guidance as a tool in the design/development process. It begins with a short introduction to design guidance as a generic type, revealing its variety and distinguishing characteristics. Based on empirical research in England derived from a national pilot program, the chapter goes on to examine one particular form of guidance – the design code. The aim here is to explore in greater depth the relationship between design guidance and the broader design and development process. The discussion recognizes that the nature and limitations of all forms of design guidance need to be fully understood before they are applied in practice.

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