School of the Built Environment


  • URBAN DESIGN RESEARCH GROUP (UDRG)

    The Urban Design Group is one of the largest UK providers of research expertise in urban design and conservation matters. Our research is of national and international standing. 


    MA Urban Design

    Urban Design at Oxford Brookes

     

    URBAN DESIGN RESEARCH GROUP (UDRG)


    The Urban Design Research Group (UDRG) is one of the largest UK providers of research expertise in urban design and conservation matters. Our research is of national and international standing. Our clients include, amongst others, UK government/ agencies, local government, the commercial sector, community and voluntary sectors and a number of international agencies, governments and research councils.

    Taking our courses, you will graduate from the postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA in Urban Design course with the essential knowledge, skills, techniques and methods to create great places anywhere in the world.

    RESEARCH EXPERTISE

    • Community development
    • Urban morphology
    • Place-making
    • Urban coding
    • Place identity
    • Masterplanning
    • Responsive environments
    • Urban regeneration
    • Rehabilitation of historic centres
    • Conservation of buildings and historic areas
    • Townscape appraisal
    • Public open space design and management
    • Town centre management
    • Chaos and fractal theories
    • Sustainable urban design
    • Children and the built environment
    • Sensory urban design
    • Aesthetic dimensions of urban design

    TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

    • MA/ Diploma and Certificate in Urban Design
    • MRes/ Diploma and Certificate in Urban Design
    • Major centre for PhD studies, supported by ESRC and eligible for BC and other studentships. Urban design normally has 18-22 EU and international PhD students
    • An array of popular short courses (for example on Fundamentals of Urban Design, Public Open Space Design, Urban Regeneration, Master-planning, Urban Coding and Place Identity)
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    • Rootscape – developing the urban design skills of young people (UrbanBuzz)
    • Urban Design Study for Lesney Matchbox Factory Site (LB Hackney)
    • Designing Sustainable Cities (Urban Practitioners and CABE)
    • Social housing (J A Pye Oxford Ltd.)
    • Evidence review: Thames Gateway (DCLG)
    • Townscape appraisal (Heritage Lottery Fund)
    • Transferable lessons from the new towns (DCLG)
    • Butina Watson, G. and Bentley, I. (2007) Identity by Design. Architectural Press.
    • Butina Watson, G and Zetter, R. (2006) Designing Sustainable Cities in the Developing World. Ashgate.
    • Butina Watson, G., Brownill, S., Carpenter, J.,Durning, B. and Reeve, A. (2006) Thames Gateway Evidence Review - Executive Summary. London, Department for Communities and Local Government.
    • Cooper J, Oskrochi R, (2008), Fractal analysis of street vistas – a potential tool for assessing levels of visual variety in everyday street scenes Environment and Planning B 35 (2).
    • Reeve, A., Goodey, B. and Shipley, R. (2007)Townscape evaluation methods. Urban Morphology,11(1). pp 25-41.