Urban Design

Our cities are extraordinarily complex and interdependent. Bates Smart’s approach to urban design is holistic, inclusive and dynamic. We have gained great insight into cities through designing workplaces, apartments, hotels, hospitals, research laboratories and university buildings in constantly changing urban districts. Several of our Directors have urban design qualifications from major graduate schools.

With this background we carry out masterplanning, precinct planning, and develop design guidelines. We design urban complexes which recycle the dynamic energies inherent in each use to create more vibrant and rewarding places, full of life and colour. We devote particular attention to the nature in the city because of its crucial role in creating healthy environments for people.

Urban infrastructure is becoming an important part of our practice. Contemporary cities are challenged by congestion and new environmental criteria. While urban transport is normally controlled by engineers, our collaboration brings greater efficiency and environmental quality as well as a human dimension.