Urban Design Principles

The Ten Urban Design Principles for 21st Century Los Angeles are broad and create the framework for the built environment. The Urban Design Principles link policy and the built/open environment. The principles deal with connecting single properties to blocks, blocks to neighborhoods, neighborhoods to communities, and communities to the city. They will establish a design program from which to promote and guide change in urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods unique to our city.

The Urban Design Principles represent a set of values to be expressed in the built environment and set a direction for the city of Los Angeles. These principles are about defining the space between buildings and not just the space within property lines. They are about enhancing the connections to and the transitions between buildings, modes of transportation and the public realm. They are also about assisting the many city departments and agencies to understand the vision for the city.

Inevitably, even the greatest cities change over time. New development brings changes, as do new laws, policies, regulations, development, technology, and shifting economic markets. The city has a responsibility to make the Ten Urban Design Principles for 21st Century Los Angeles an active part of the process of dealing with change. By adhering to these principles we can see an overall increase in the quality of life by nurturing our neighborhoods and providing safe and convenient access throughout Los Angeles.

Urban Design Principles

Citywide Design

Residential Citywide Design Guidelines

Commercial Citywide Design Guidelines

Industrial Citywide Design Guidelines

Walkability Checklist

Designing a Healthy LA

Bikeable Design

Small Lot Design Guidelines

River Design Guidelines (Draft)

Mobility Hubs Reader's Guide (Draft)

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Street Standards

Downtown Design Guide

Historic Downtown Los Angeles

Central City Community Plan

Urban Design and Planning Reports

Do Real Planning

LA Placemaking Academy

Urban Design Principles