Urban Design is a fundamental component of planning. It is not only a function of planning and architecture, but also the social, economic and environmental elements that combine to influence the arrangement, appearance and function of buildings and places.

We believe urban design should be part of an integrated process – not a separate one. With in-house urban design expertise, DFP is able to incorporate urban design early on in the planning process. We consider this to be especially important when informing strategic planning policy and advising on development proposals.

DFP has extensive experience in developing urban design concepts at a range of scales from large precincts down to individual sites. We are experienced in preparing building form and massing studies incorporating 3D modelling and developing these to inform Planning Proposals (rezonings), Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans. We have undertaken extensive built form reviews, master planning, feasibility studies and development assessments of sites. DFP’s holistic approach means that we better understand the interplay of built form and planning controls allowing us to deliver more tangible and implementable urban design solutions. DFP’s strength lies in the translation of urban design concepts to robust planning frameworks.

DFP undertakes urban design work on behalf of local government as well as the private sector. We understand the increasing importance of 3D visualization and increasing role of visual communication and technologies in explaining complex urban design and planning concepts both to local authorities and the community. DFP actively seeks to evolve the urban design services of it’s business to ensure it utilises new technologies.