We cannot assume that just because we are pleasing our client that we have actually done what is in the best interest of the community. Planning and design that promotes community should be an integral part of an architect's approach to a project:
• Is the public space truly a space, or just what's left over after the building's entr/access needs are met?
• Has meaningful open space provided?
• Is passing the project a good walking experience because of the quality and richness of the street scene that it provides?
• Has attention been given to layering of space to create a strong semi-public zone between the project and the neighborhood at large?
• Have the needs of the pedestrian been considered in terms of project scale, safety, orientation and approachability? Does the streetscape express the community culture?
• Is the community's identity reflected in the buildings appearance (consistent with existing architectural style, size and setbacks)?