10. Designing for Growth and Change
The physical pattern of urban infrastructure, the two and three-dimensional geometry of built form and its circulation routes, the shape of public space and paths that connect them are key variables deployed by the urban designer to confi gure the change and growth of the city. The urban designer’s intention, through the exploration of different confi gurations and their probable consequences, is to discover the means whereby each part and the whole of the city becomes a better host for the activities of its users. Activities, their location, their intensity and their rate of change can also be variables in the city design process, but more often these attributes of the city are presented as the needs to be accommodated by a proposed change or addition to the city’s confi guration of infrastructure, built form and public space that will enable a city to become a more elegant, generous, just and functional host to human activities.