The placement and arrangement of street furniture,
utilities and small structures within the public realm.
Objects in the public realm
include those items located in streets and public spaces that are either for
public use and convenience, or for utilities infrastructure and services. Objects include street
furniture, service cabinets, trees and planting, barriers and fencing,
lighting, signs and small public buildings and structures. Some objects for
people to use are seats, drinking fountains, post boxes, payphone cabinets,
kiosks and public toilets; some objects enhance the amenity and safety of a space,
such as trees, lighting, barriers and signage. Other objects, such as service
cabinets, power and telecom poles are not directly used by the public although
they are located within the public realm.
Why is it
Street furniture and utilities infrastructure are
installed and managed by many public bodies, agencies and service providers.
Locating objects in the public realm can affect the accessibility,
functionality and safety of a place. The location, design and management of
objects in a public space, can support street function, complement existing
activities and contribute to a sense of place. Poorly located objects can
contribute to diminished safety, and physical and visual clutter.
These guidelines introduce general principles for the
placement, integration, form and management of objects in the public realm.
Further guidance on the placement of specific utilities can be found
in other technical publications and codes, noted
in Guidelines sources
2 Movement network
Element 3 Public spaces
Element 5 Buildings