Whilst recognising that distinctly different traditions exist within the study and practice of urban design, this book advances an interdisciplinary and innovative approach, which is of direct importance to understanding the urban forms, conditions, practices and processes. It enthuses and inspires users who are grappling with urban design research problems, but who need inspiration to move from idea to methodological approach. Through the work of 32 urban researchers from the arts, sciences and social sciences, it demonstrates a wide range of problems and approaches and shows how the diverse range of complementary approaches can come together to provide a holistic understanding to the design of cities. While each of the contributors presents a particular approach to researching the field, sometimes focusing centrally on particular research methodologies, others cutting across methods, or focusing on theory, all include discussion of actual research projects to illustrate their application to 'real world' problems. This book will be valuable to everyone from the informed undergraduate student about to embark on their first dissertation, to PhD students and seasoned researchers immersed in methodological and conceptual complexity and wishing to compare available and appropriate methodological paths.

chapter 1|12 pages

Investigating urban design

ByMatthew Carmona

part |2 pages

Part I Philosophical Approaches

chapter 2|10 pages

The role of risk in urban design

ByIain Borden

chapter 3|10 pages

Deconstructing and recalibrating urban design in the global south

ByCamillo Boano, Melissa García Lamarca, Andrew Wade

chapter 4|12 pages

The politics of space production: the case of Macau, China

ByPaula Morais

chapter 5|12 pages

Urban design in the realm of urban studies

ByPushpa Arabindoo

part |2 pages

Part II Process Investigations

chapter 7|12 pages

Mixing methods / theorising urban design process

ByMatthew Carmona

chapter 8|12 pages

Link and Place – bridging stakeholder divides

ByPeter Jones

chapter 9|10 pages

Actor-network theory coevolution framework for urban design

ByTse-Hui Teh

chapter 10|12 pages

Unlocking policy documents: policy analysis in urban design

ByAntoine Zammit

chapter 11|12 pages

Smart cities, social networks and the Internet of Things

ByAndrew Hudson-Smith

chapter 12|10 pages

Environmental masterplanning: defining an integrated approach

ByAurore Julien, Ian Hamilton, Ben Croxford

part |2 pages

Part III Physical Explorations

chapter 13|10 pages

Urbiculturalism, understanding the patterns of place

ByTerry Farrell

chapter 14|12 pages

Space syntax as interdisciplinary urban design pedagogy

BySam Griffiths

chapter 15|12 pages

Thinking systems in urban design: a prioritised structure model

ByKinda Al-Sayed

chapter 16|12 pages

Explorations in generative street layouts

ByStephen Marshall, Mark Sutton

chapter 17|14 pages

The relationship between density, built form and design

ByGraciela Moreno, Philip Steadman

part |2 pages

Part IV Propositional Experiments

chapter 18|10 pages

London short stories

ByCJ Lim

chapter 19|12 pages

The siting of writing and the writing of sites

ByJane Rendell

chapter 21|12 pages

Crafting a methodology for urban design in development: between research, pedagogy and practice

ByWilliam Hunter, Anna Schulenburg

chapter 22|14 pages

An evidence-based approach to designing new cities: the English New Towns revisited

ByKayvan Karimi, Laura Vaughan

part |2 pages

Part V Performance Enquiries

chapter 23|10 pages

Public space as lived

ByQuentin Stevens

chapter 24|12 pages

Historical exploration/explanation in urban design

ByMichael Hebbert

chapter 25|12 pages

The problem of scale

ByAdrian Lahoud

chapter 27|12 pages

Does urban design add value?

ByMatthew Carmona

chapter 28|4 pages

A personal postscript

ByMatthew Carmona