Towards a European typology of tools for urban design governance
INFORMAL QUALITY CULTURE TOOLS
help us understand how the built environment is shaped, through which processes and with what consequences. This evidence can then be used to underpin policy and guidance, to monitor design outcomes from the development process, or to evaluate the state of the built environment more widely.
Research projects focussed on aspects of the design process or on understanding particular design-based problems
Audits of the state of the built environment, in order to understand the quality of the designed built environment and the challenges it presents
act to disseminate knowledge about the nature of good (or poor) design practices and processes, as well as related development practices, and why it matters. They help to raise design awareness and understanding among stakeholders.
Detached and passive learning tools such as practice guides and case study libraries
Hands-on and active training tools involving the direct engagement of participants
actively make the case for particular design responses in a proactive manner. Instead of waiting for organisations and individuals to seek out knowledge (for example in research or guidance), these tools take the knowledge to them physically or through the media; seeking to package key messages in a manner that engages attention and persuades.
Awareness raising initiatives such as design awards schemes or structured campaigns focussed on changing perceptions and practices in key areas
Targeted influence through direct advocacy to shape policies and programmes and partnership working across key actor groups.