New South Wales | Urban
The purpose of the report is to outline a set of design principles that developers will be required to address when proposing new developments within the city centre and residential estates. Whilst providing a focus on the ‘city core’ and ‘Mulataga’ developments, the Karratha Vernacular Design Principles guide all developments within Karratha. It is an opportunity to create a standard of design for the built form and public realm not previously seen within arid climates in Australia.
The Karratha Vernacular Design Principles report does not provide an exhaustive list of design principles, however it does seek to inform developers of important built form and public realm elements. Currently, the open space network in Karratha does not prioritise the needs of people who wish to enjoy the outdoors. The previous planning of Karratha has led to a traffic-dominated environment, which makes travel by car a necessity. The wide road reserves and expansive car parks, limited tree cover and low building masses create a harsh environment, which is not conducive to walking or relaxing outdoors.
A number of the Karratha Vernacular Design Principles reflect the design features of a healthy active community.
Public open space should:
A Town centre should:
Building design should:
Housing diversity should:
Sense of place should: