Legibility is dependent on places that are distinctive and memorable. As such it important that there is a marked hierarchy of buildings and public spaces with those that contribute to public life in particular standing out from the crowd. In addition landmarks of different scales that help to mark key junctions, gateways and primary routes or thoroughfares can punctuate the townscape.
Equally important is that the majority of buildings and spaces work together to provide the distinctive backdrop to the urban areas. The supporting cast. These buildings conform to the building traditions, tones, and colours of the area and help to define the wider characteristics of the place.
If the hierarchies of use and townscape are not recognized then places can become less legible as the distinctive becomes the background. As such it is important when looking at development in terms of the principles of Torbay Connected that potential development sites are prioritized, with key developments identifies where the process of creative intervention contributes to the wider project aims and objectives. In this way resources can be targeted on those locations where connectivity and legibility will benefit from investment.
Priority locations will include.
* Public spaces and gardens
* Public buildings or buildings to which the public has regular access
* Development adjacent to priority routes
* Development with potential for articulating the townscape in connection with wayfinding
* Development sites that include features of significant local or historic interest
* Development sites that have associations with significant historic events
* Development sites which are of interest related to Geopark status
Please see the Torbay Connected Framework and list of priority sites for further information.
Old Methodist Church, Dumfries. Celebrating bicentenary of the birth of Robert Burns
Tod Hansom's wall painting of the school's coat of arms for Merchants Academy, Bristol
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