Sustainable places should enable people to pursue a healthy lifestyle and pattern of movement, should be accessible for everyone, safe and convenient, and should encourage good stewardship of the spaces between buildings.
Places that have a strong identity resonate with the people who live there and become part of who they are. High quality living environments can greatly enhance the dignity and pride of people, which in turn strengthens their identity and attachment to a place.
An inclusive place values the needs of all people equally. These are places where people enjoy equal access to economic opportunities, quality public spaces and amenities, housing and basic services. Spatial integration is a key ingredient in the pursuit of an inclusive place.
Positive urban environments allow for a mix of land uses and reflect flexibility in their spatial structures. Flexibility refers to the creation of a spatial structure that can accommodate unexpected demands made upon them over time.