This note outlines how architects can use the design of buildings to help create sustainable transport systems and a more vibrant public domain.
Traditionally, architecture has been mainly concerned with the internal efficiency of buildings. However, the design of buildings plays a substantial role in the overall efficiency and sustainability of a city’s transport system. This paper looks at three ‘design zones’ which architects help shape, each of which has city-wide implications for sustainability. It also looks at how each of these design zones impacts on the overall sustainability of the transport system and the design implications of these impacts.