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The public realm is a term used to describe public places. They could be public squares or similar outdoor spaces, possibly linked to buildings. Sometimes their design and management is coordinated into a place-making approach that incorporates wider aspects of people’s health, happiness and wellbeing.

A shared space street at New Road Brighton, used by cafes as well as traffic

In practice many placemaking projects involve public spaces that are related to roads and traffic and so the legal and practical aspects of public highways and road safety need to be incorporated.

Rural areas have a different culture around traffic than rural areas. This requires an alternative view to 20mph zones in rural villages which can improve the public health in more ways than vehicular.

Courtesy Crossings create cohesion between pedestrians and drivers. The Greatesy courtesy between them creates the greatest sense of community.

There is a wealth of recently completed public realm projects that demonstrate what can be done to enrich the lives of people.

How to design and deliver great streets

STREETSCAPES by Colin J Davis is now available, published by CJDA Ltd for PRIAN

For a practitioner’s copy of the book as well as recent updates go to

Click here to see a video that explains how the shared space scheme at Poynton functions. It is one of the book’s case studies.