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Urban design & masterplanning

Inspiring communities through design

At Context, masterplanning is a form of storytelling which is why we weave the stories of place with landscape, people, and culture to curate special places and build better communities.

Our urban design team integrates masterplanning, landscape, and architectural solutions to create successful, sustainable places that provide long-term value.

Starting with research, we work through a unique site-specific urban design process, from feasibility studies and stakeholder engagement to planning and landscape solutions.

3D masterplan of Kerepeti in Auckland

Key aspects of masterplanning

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Community engagement

The best outcomes are achieved when there is active engagement with the community to understand their needs, aspirations, and concerns. This ensures that design is responsive to the needs of the community and enjoys their buy-in and support.

Contextual design

Good masterplanning and urban design considers the context of the site, including the physical, social, cultural and economic factors that shape the area. This helps to create a design that is sensitive to the unique characteristics of the site and its surroundings.

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Innovation and creativity

We incorporate innovative and creative approaches to problem-solving, such as the use of new materials, technologies, and design strategies, creating a design that is unique, inspiring, and effective.

Accessibility and inclusion

Design needs to be inclusive and accessible to all, including people with disabilities, children, the elderly, and those with mobility challenges.

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Taupo Masterplan

Flexibility and adaptability

Our designs anticipate changing needs and allow for flexibility and adaptability over time. This enables the design to respond to changing demographics, economic conditions, and environmental factors.

Aesthetics and identity

Our masterplanning and urban design incorporate elements that enhance the aesthetic quality of the environment and create a strong sense of identity and place. This includes the use of appropriate materials, colours, textures, and forms that reflect the cultural and historical context of the area.

3D visualisation of modern designed aged care home with wooden cladding in Taupo
Nga Kainga Anamata solar panels

Sustainable development

We base our designs on the principles of sustainability, incorporating strategies that promote energy efficiency, green infrastructure, and reduced carbon footprint. This helps to create an environment that is healthy, resilient, and environmentally friendly. 

Design integration

Our masterplanning approach ensures integration of landscape, architecture and place, allowing us to combine knowledge, theories, methodologies, and perspectives to deliver truly inspirational results.

Our work

Talk to one of our urban planning experts

Talk to one of our urban planning experts

"A reset and refresh of how we build our cities is well overdue and it is encouraging that this has been taken up at the highest level. Solutions need to be based on technically robust innovations learning locally and from overseas experience applied in fresh ways."

Anthony Vile

Anthony Vile, Urban Design Lead

"A reset and refresh of how we build our cities is well overdue and it is encouraging that this has been taken up at the highest level. Solutions need to be based on technically robust innovations learning locally and from overseas experience applied in fresh ways."
Anthony Vile
Anthony Vile, Urban Design Lead, Context

Got an idea for your next design project and need some help? Speak to one of our team of experts who’ll be happy to offer advice and support.