Skip main navigation

Hurry, only 2 days left to get one year of Unlimited learning for £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more

Successful urban spaces

Which factors are important when designing successful public spaces? In this article, Dr Jennie Sjöholm discusses some significant aspects.
People walking along a street on a nice sunny day

Public spaces are key in urban developments, and for attracting visitors. Key elements of public space include streets, buildings, open spaces, and green, blue and white spaces such as parks and water.

When shaping urban spaces, it is important to think about:

  • Movement and legibility

  • Space and enclosure

  • Mixed uses and tenures

  • Adaptability and resilience

  • Resources and efficiency

  • Architecture and townscape

If you want to learn more about these aspects, or to recapitulate what we have previously discussed, you might want to consider taking the course Placemaking and Public Space Design: Unlocking Tourist Destinations here on FutureLearn.

This article is from the free online

Placemaking and Public Space Design: Unlocking Design Potential

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now