5.1 Making Connections
Regional Connectivity Increased development sustainability dependents on physical mobility - it implies accessibility, appropriate connections, availability of public transport and links to locations of desired activities.
The proposed development needs to maximise it’s connectivity with the greater surrounding areas to better its own long-term sustainability and development opportunity of any residential, commercial and leisure opportunities.
The scale and location of the development implies multiple national and regional connections. The proposed development area should give users a choice of routes to maximise its connectivity with the greater Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane metropolitan areas.
Local Connectivity On a local development scale the street networks should be connected as it permits ease of movement. Connected or ‘permeable’ networks encourage walking and cycling and make places easier to navigate through.
Ways and means to accomplish this should be continually investigated in ongoing discussions with the local community, traffic engineers, planners and development companies.
Legibility and Orientation How a place is put together and how its parts relate to each other are important in helping people to find their way around and understand how a place works. Visitors need to grasp the area quickly, locate it within and understand its relation to the rest of the urban environment and its immediate surrounds.
Legibility and a sense of orientation is further improved by placement of landmark buildings or structures and locating activities to allow constructive interaction between them.
LINBRO PARK: Urban Design Framework Plan