The Urban Design Process

Philip Black, Taki Sonbli

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• Provides a clear guide to the urban design process, assisting designers, planners and all those involved in shaping our built environment in how to develop contextually responsive and successful urban design
• Illustrated with over 80 full-colour original diagrams, plans, 3D illustrative models and photographs, the book includes a ‘live’ case study and a series of insightful international case studies

This useful guide sets out a bespoke applied urban design process, developed by the authors. The process works through urban analysis; policy and people; strategic design framework; concepts and options; design layering and technical detail; to delivery of place. It provides the reader with a clear overview of the role that urban design plays in shaping and creating places today and how designers conceive and deliver contextually responsive, high-quality design solutions.

The book tracks urban design’s roots in architecture and planning, before setting out the principles and key criteria that underpin the discipline, and explains how urban designers interpret policy, baseline data, and graphical analysis to present an understanding of local place and space. Utilising a ‘live’ case study, international examples, and over 80 original colour illustrations, The Urban Design Process articulates a transparent, comprehensive, and flexible approach for urban design practice within the wider context of rapidly evolving contemporary urban conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLund Humphries
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84822-304-2, 978-1-84822-305-9, 978-1-84822-289-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-84822-288-5
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameConcise Guides to Planning
PublisherLund Humphries
ISSN (Print)2516-8177
ISSN (Electronic)2516-8185


  • urban design
  • design
  • process
  • masterplanning
  • placemaking
  • urban


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