After a lifetime of policy and practical work in architecture, city and regional planning and urban design, I believe urban design has a vital role in creating more ideal environments for people to thrive in.
Urban design can provide an alternative way to the destruction of the landscape, ecology and heritage. It can obviate the sameness, ugliness, inhuman scale and discomfort of the built environment that should not be allowed to happen.
We must constantly strive through urban design endeavour to protect what is valuable, transform existing environments for the better and create new environments fit to live in and that uplift the human spirit.
The mission is to make urban design a fundamental part of planning, designing, building and managing settlements, towns, cities and whole regions where ever they may be.
Raeburn Chapman, Editor