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Urban design

The references below are arranged alphabetically by publisher. Click on the blue text for full text. Links to relevant websites can be found towards the bottom of the page.

Click on the Urban design heading in the Popular topics box on the right of the page for other references.

This page was updated on 1 September 2014.

 

AMION Consulting

Economic value of good design in a recession

May 2009

 

Business in the Community

Creating a sense of place: a design guide

February 2006

 

Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Cycling in new developments.

April 2008

 

Chartered Institute of Housing

Creating and sustaining mixed income communities: a good practice guide

June 2006

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

Affordable housing: Better by design

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Building for Life: Evaluating housing proposals set by step

2008

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Civilised streets

2008

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

The cost of bad design

2006

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

The councillor’s guide to urban design

November 2003

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Creating excellent buildings: A guide for clients

2003

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Creating successful masterplans: A guide for clients

2008

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Design coding: Testing its use in England

2005

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Design and access statements: How to write, read and use them

2006

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Design review: How CABE evaluates quality in architecture and urban design

July 2006

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Design reviewed masterplans

March 2004

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

Design reviewed urban housing

2004

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Helping local people choose good design: Design review network annual report 2009/10

August 2010

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

Improving the design of new housing. What role for standards?

2010

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

Inclusion by design: Equality, diversity and the built environment

November 2008

 

Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE) and Mayor of London

Open space strategies: Best practice guidance

May 2009

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Paved with gold: the real value of street design

2007

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Planning for places: Delivering good design through core strategies

2009

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Protecting design quality in planning

2003

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

Simpler and better: Housing design in everyone’s interest

2010

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

This way to better streets: lessons from 10 successful streets

2007

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Transforming our streets

2006

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

The value of housing design and layout

2003

 

Department for Communities and Local Government

Councillors’ guide to creating quality public spaces

August 2008

 

Department for Communities and Local Government

Developing the local government service market: Working paper on neighbourhood and streetscene services

May 2007

 

Department for Communities and Local Government

Preparing design codes: A practice manual

November 2006

 

Department for Communities and Local Government et al

Manual for streets

2007

 

Department for Communities and Local Government

World class places: The Government’s strategy for improving quality of place

May 2009

 

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

World class places: Action plan

2009

 

Department for Transport

Attitudes to streetscape and street uses

January 2005

 

Department for Transport

Mixed priority routes: Practitioners’ guide (Local Transport Note 3/08)

October 2008

 

Department for Transport

Pedestrian guardrailing (Local Transport Note 2/09)

April 2009

 

Department for Transport

Shared space

October 2011

 

Department for Transport

Traffic management and streetscape (Local Transport Note 1/08)

2008

 

Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

Better places to live by design: a companion guide to PPG3

September 2001

 

Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

Green spaces, better places: Final report of the Urban Green Spaces Taskforce

May 2002

 

Department of the Environment

Planning Policy Guidance: Planning and the historic environment (PPG15)

September 2994

 

Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions

By design. Urban design in the planning system: towards better practice

2000

 

Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions & CABE

The value of urban design.

2001

 

English Heritage

Streets for all: A guide to the management of London’s streets

March 2000

 

English Heritage

Streets for all

March 2008

 

European Commission

Reclaiming city streets for people: Chaos or quality of life?

September 2004

 

Housing Corporation

Achieving Building for Life

September 2008

 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Markets as sites for social interaction

September 2006

 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Public spaces, social relations and well-being in East London

September 2006

 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The social value of public spaces

2007?

 

Landscape Institute

Making it home: the power of landscape to create good housing

March 2010

 

Living Streets

Naked streets

March 2009

 

Llewelyn-Davies

Going to town: Improving town centre access. A companion guide to PPG6

2002

 

Mayor of London

Better streets

November 2009

 

New Economics Foundation

Good foundations: towards a low carbon, high well-being built environment

2010

 

New London Architecture

Civilising spaces: Improving London’s public realm

2005

 

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Better streets, better places: Delivering sustainable residential environments

2003

 

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

How to improve residential areas

June 2007

 

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Living places: Caring for quality

2004

 

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Living places: Cleaner, safer, greener

2002

 

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Places, streets and movement. A companion guide to Design Bulletin 32 Residential roads and footpaths

September 1998

 

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Planning and access for disabled people: A good practice guide.

January 2003

 

Renew Northwest at al

Creating inspirational spaces: a guide for quality public realm in the northwest

2008?

 

Roger Evans Associates

Urban design compendium 2

September 2007

 

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The privatisation of public space

March 2006

RUDI

Living spaces: Celebrating quality and innovation in urban living

2010

 

RUDI

Placemaking 2008

2008

 

RUDI

PLACEmaking 2009

2009

 

RUDI

PLACEmaking 2010/11

2010

 

RUDI

PLACEmaking 2012

2012

 

Scottish Government

Delivering better places in Scotland: A guide to learning from broader experience

2010

 

Transform South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Residential Design Guide: Consultation draft

June 2010

 

Working Group on Urban Design for Sustainability

Urban design for sustainability

January 2004

 

Local authority reports

 

Dublin City Council

Your city your space: Draft Dublin City Public Realm Strategy

2011

 

Edinburgh City Council

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site Management Plan 2011-2016

2011

 

Essex County Council

Essex design guide: Urban place supplement

2005

 

Exeter City Council

Residential design: Supplementary Planning Document

September 2010

 

Leeds City Council

Neighbourhoods for living: A guide for residential design in Leeds

December 2003

 

London Borough, Croydon

Croydon’ public realm strategy 2006/09

2006?

 

Peterborough City Council

Peterborough public realm strategy

2008

 

Stoke on Trent City Council

Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Urban Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Document

December 2011

 

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Maidenhead Town Centre Public Realm Strategy

2009

 

Websites

 

Beam

Beam is a company dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm. It aims: to create better understanding about the importance of the arts and good design; to make stronger connections between professionals and the public; and to celebrate the arts and good design in places and spaces as a powerful contributor to personal, economic and community wellbeing.

 

Behavioural Design Lab

This new website is a collaboration between Warwick Business School and the Design Council uniting behavioural science with design-thinking. It aims to help organisations from all sectors understand the role of behaviour in the challenges they face and adopt new approaches through design-led innovation. Current projects are related to health and wellbeing, sustainability and consumer empowerment.

 

Cities recreated

An international blog by young academics covering urban planning and design, city economics, human geography and city photography.

 

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

From 1999 to 2011 CABE gave independent advice to help people create better buildings and spaces. This is an archived site containing information selected for preservation. See Design Council below.

 

Design Council

The Design Council and CABE have merged to deliver design support and advice to industry, communities, central and local government.

 

Design Network

Eight not-for-profit organisations that promote better and more sustainable places to stimulate economic growth have come together to form the Design Network. Each Network member has a proven track record of delivering successful Design Review Panels. This service ensures that planning and development proposals for building and public spaces are sustainable, cost effective, user friendly, attractive and fit for purpose. The work goes well beyond Design Review to include training, community engagement, economic development, design workshops, advice to local authorities, neighbourhood planning support, and promotion of the new Building for Life 12 standard.

 

Dezeen

It aims to highlight a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world. Dezeen was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly to become one of the most popular and influential architecture and design blogs on the internet.

 

D.I.Y. Creative Placemaking

With 25 years of experience, Artscape has a longstanding commitment to sharing its experience in Toronto with communities elsewhere. Artscape DIY is a central component of the Knowledge exchange programmes and services offered in order to: engage communities across Canada and beyond in the cultural, environmental, social and economic contribution of creative placemaking; build community capacity to integrate creative and cultural facilities and activities into the cultural, social and economic fabric of their communities through creative placemaking projects; build a community of practice in creative placemaking.

 

The Glass House: Community-led design

This is a national charity that gives both communities and regeneration professionals the skills and confidence to lead and contribute to design and neighbourhood planning that involves and benefits local people. The result is better collaboration between communities and professionals and more intelligent, dynamic and sustainable places. It also uses its experience of supporting neigbourhood projects throughout the UK to promote discussion and to influence policy and practice around community led design.

 

Charles Landry

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He helps cities identify and make the most of their resources and to reach their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight. His work is highlighted in his updated website. He is working on four themes:How you make great cities; The idea of ‘civic urbanity’, which seeks to rethink urbanity in 21st century terms; The creative bureaucracy concept, which looks at how public administrations can reassess how they operate afresh; and The ‘creative cities index’, which is a way to measure the pulse of a city and its imaginative capacity.

 

Open-City

An independent, not for profit organisation that aims to be at the centre of creating better places – and a better city. It champions excellence in design quality and advocates an inclusive and informed approach to the development of our city. In September 2011 a joint CABE and English Heritage built environment education programme, Engaging Places, was transferred to Open City Architecture.

 

Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces (PPS), based in New York, is a non-profit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Its pioneering Placemaking approach aims to help citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.

 

Resource for Urban Design Information (RUDI)

RUDI is the largest web resource dedicated to urban design and placemaking. RUDI commissions, researches and creates materials for professionals in the public and private sector. RUDI was created in 1996 as a joint project under the UK’s eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme, set up following a review of university libraries by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils. Supported by a panel of independent editorial advisors, RUDI offers a unique combination of publishing expertise, practising professionals and academics and features more than 5,000 documents, 20,000 pages and more than 9,000 images.

 

Urban Design Collective

Urban Design Collective (UDC) is a non-profit organization that works as a collaborative platform for professionals from the fields of Architecture, Urban Design/ Planning to promote livable and sustainable cities through community engagement.

 

Urban Design Group

Founded in 1978, the Urban Design Group is a campaigning membership organisation. The Group works to: promote best practice in urban design; build an effective framework of policy in local and central government; improve skills among those who shape the built environment; promote collaboration in the urban design process; show decision-makers the value of urban design; and make urban design and planning accessible to everyone.

 

Urban Design London

Urban Design London aims to help practitioners create and maintain well-designed, good quality places. It does this by offering training, events, meetings, design reviews and surgeries, online resources and more. Register for free to access material and contribute to the debate.

 

UrbanNous

UrbanNous provides access to digital multimedia focusing on urbanism. Urbanism is defined as the study and development of cities, from the physical form of buildings, infrastructure and open space, to the culture politics and economy. The aim is to take theory and practice out of the box, with contributors explaining their projects and ideas, making these accessible and inspirational. Multimedia presentations can be viewed on this site, arranged as follows: Urban Design London online training; Urban Design Group lecture programme; and Delivering Design Quality online video training.