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Typology of Tools for urban design governance



Support tools are more directive within the design process itself as they involve directly assisting or enabling design / development teams with particular projects, or with the commissioning of projects or the preparation of design guidance and other tools. They potentially encompass a range of financial means that can be used to encourage better design outcomes, providing financial support to key initiatives / delivery organisations or the raising / steering / transferring of funding for better design.

Examples include:

– Indirect support tools, notably financial support to key delivery
organisations (e.g. arms-length agencies or centres with a design remit) tied to the delivery of defined quality / quality culture objectives;
– Direct support tools include the provision of hands-on professional enabling, negotiation or advice.