Good design for living is fundamentally about enabling people to meet the full spectrum of their human needs, and are universally applicable. What “looks good” is culturally and socially-defined, and varies lots over time, between people, and around the world. This distinction applies to both the insides of a building and its outsides. Then there’s good urban environments, including healthy streets, low traffic neighbourhoods, human-scaled spaces, connection to natural elements and more.

The Density Done Well concept encompasses many of the fundamentals of good design for living in denser settlements. Wellington has some examples of well-designed buildings and urban spaces and some that aren’t so good - old as well as new.    

The short answer is: there’s no guarantee, but council say they’re going to pay more attention to it. Auckland has a Design Manual and Design Panel to consider new developments and we would hope that Wellington follows their lead in order to encourage well-designed development.