CABE high street design manual proves popular with designers

A guide that predicts the "end of high-street clones" could prove to be CABE's swansong after its closure was announced in the wake of the coalition Government's spending review.

"Creating high streets free from clutter and with a strong identity should be easier from now on with the Manual for Streets 2," said a CABE representative. "It shows that design principles and standards can be applied to busier streets in city centres and high streets in towns and villages."

The publication, which costs £43, differs from the first edition in focusing on design principles for busy streets in city centres and high streets in towns instead of residential areas.

"Streets and roads make up around three-quarters of public space. Their design, appearance and functions have a huge impact on the quality of our lives," said streets adviser Louise Duggan.

"Rethinking design can change the fabric of public spaces and the way people behave. It means breaking away from inflexible standards and traditional engineering."

Manual for Streets 2 features case studies showing how traffic-choked roads were tamed with grass, trees, good paving and modern street furniture. It draws on new research on sight-stopping distances and visibility at junctions.

CABE said the first print run from the transport department had sold out but a reprint was on the way.

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