Francis Tibbalds’ Making People-Friendly Towns publication from 1992 included the 10 specific chapter heading. These were often referred to as his 10 principles for making people-friendly places.

In 2015 Matthew Carmona and Steven Tiesdell published their Urban Design Reader. Within it they refer to Tibbalds’ urban design framework, comprising the following refined set of principles:

  1. Places matter most
  2. Learn the lessons of the past
  3. Encourage the mixing of uses and activities
  4. Design on a human scale
  5. Encourage pedestrian freedom
  6. Provide access for all
  7. Build legible environments
  8. Build lasting environments
  9. Control change
  10. Contribute to the greater whole

Very recently, the RIBA published a publication called 10 characteristics of ‘Places where People want to Live’. These are:

  1. The right place for the right housing
  2. A place to start and a place to stay
  3. A place that fosters a sense of belonging
  4. A place to live in nature
  5. A place to enjoy and be proud of
  6. A place with a choice in homes
  7. A place with a unique and lasting appeal
  8. A place where people feel at home
  9. A sustainable place for future generations
  10. A place where people thrive.

Tell us your principles of ‘Making people-friendly places’?
Do you or your organisation have principles of good urban form and placemaking?

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Katja Stille and Hilary Satchwell, Tibbalds

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