As the name suggests, urban design is focused on the design of urban projects, cities and urban regions, including the two and three-dimensional physical arrangements of land subdivision and land uses, infrastructure, streets, highways, landscapes and buildings, in both public and private ownerships. Ultimately, urban design aims to design and build places that are environmentally, socially, and culturally sustainable, and that evolve over time to accommodate new people, new uses and new buildings. Although it is a specialized discipline, Urban Design shares academic and professional ties with Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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  • High Performance (Sub)urbanism 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Rakha, Tarek; Jassu, Joel; Adhikari, Priyanka; Alshahrani, Tariq; Vigario Coelho, Karina; Datla, Sahithi; Harrell, Olivia; Jain, Pulkit; Jayasimharao, Ranjitha; Kesh, Devaki; Khodagholi, Shima; Menon, Athulya Usha; Mody, Aayushi; Mohgaonkar, Aishwarya; Naik, Tanmay; Ongole, Harshini; Poddar, Dishaddra; Ravindran, Ajay Manjunath; Son, Hyowon; Subramanian, Karunya; Vanmali, Aishwarya (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2022)
    This studio report documents the redevelopment proposals of six teams of MS urban design and MS high performance building students to advance DeKalb County's 2020 Memorial Drive Revitalization Plan. The report is intended ...
  • East Savannah, GA. Urban Design Proposals - Victory Square Neighborhoods, Truman Parkway, and Sea Level Rise 

    Dagenhart, Richard; Debo, Tom; Hong, Fenghuan; Ling, Tianqi; Xue, Bowen; Stephen, Sam; Rickles, Carly; Khandekar, Tejas; Zha, Yilun; Vijaynnand, Karen; Alz, Maryam; Dodson, Christy; Dickenson, Coston; Choi, Jiho; Yao, Zeyue; Zhang, Wenyue; Majid, Moutushi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017)
    An urban design studio conducted jointly with the Georgia Conservancy for the Victory Square Neighborhoods in Savannah, Georgia. The neighborhoods were under mandatory evacuation orders when Hurricane Irene in 1999 approached. ...
  • Nordhaven International Design Competition - Georgia Tech Entry 

    Dagenhart, Richard; Branum, Cassie; Finklestein, Aria; Kovacheva, Maria; Dong, Bin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013)
    The professional urban design competition was to retro-fit the Nordhaven - the North Port of Copenhagen - for a 10-year redevelopment process as a major expansion of Copenhagen emphasizing sustainable urban development. ...
  • Jobs Justice Climate: Redevelopment Proposals for North Dekalb Mall and The Gallery at South Dekalb 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Jassu, Joel; Alfali, Hala; Barnum, Chris; Heidelberger, Erin; Kama, Prerana; Goncalves, Vitor; Nanda, Sakshi; Patel, Harini; Pham, Quynh; Raytchev, Luben; Rudder, Jennie Lynn; Yu, Zhexin (Josie); Zhao, Haungzhe (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021-06-21)
    Hypothetical redevelopment and reinhabitation urban design proposals are presented for both shopping malls to help the local DeKalb County Commissioners and their constituents envision and discuss options of what change ...
  • Retrofitting Suburbia's Missing Middle 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Bharadwaj, Aditi; Doyle, George, IV; Gao, Wanli; Jassu, Joel; Khalid, Emily; Kroi, Eleni; Kumar, Shreya; Macbeth, Josh; Wang, Jun (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-05-04)
    What if affordable, missing middle scale intergenerational housing and retrofitted intersections were designed to address the loneliness epidemic, autonomous vehicles, climate change, and the shrinking middle class? Four ...
  • Equitable, Ecological, Transit-Oriented Development 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Alawamleh, Yasmeen; Ashok, RajhaSurya; Dave, Neerja; Duan, Ruiyan; Ghosh, Debmalya; Huang, Shuyi; Johnson, Jennifer; Li, Siqi; Ma, Hoaxing; Moo-Young, Tiffany; Majid, Moutushi; Oh, Yeinn; Siodmok, Naomi; Xu, Jingxin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019)
    What if the proposed MARTA light rail down Campbellton Road to the proposed new transit hub near the Greenbriar Mall were designed to drive revitalization in the area that was equitable and ecological? Six proposals by ...
  • South Downtown Atlanta: Improvements to the Public Realm 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Alzaabi, Mariam; Choi, Jiho; Dickinson, Coston; Dodson, Christy; Hong, Fenghuan; Khandekar, Tejas; Lancaster, Zachary; Ling, Tianqi; Rickles, Carley; Stephen, Sam (Sam Stephen Raj Baskar Sundara Raj); Vijayanand, Karen; Xue, Bowen; Yao, Zeyue; Zha, Yilun; Zhang, Wenyue W. (Winnie) (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018)
    A report by the fall 2016 MSUD studio of proposals for immediately implementable and longer-term improvements to the public realm in South Downtown Atlanta and the Government District. Designs for 14 scattered sites focus ...
  • Cascade Road: Can We Grow the Neighborhood and the Tree Canopy? 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Alzaabi, Mariam; Choi, Jiho; Dickinson, Coston; Dodson, Christy; Hong, Fenghuan; Khandekar, Tejas; Lancaster, Zachary; Ling, Tianqi Bruce; Rickles, Carley; Stephen, Sam; Vijayanand, Karen; Xue, Bowen; Yao, Zeyue; Zha, Yilun; Zhang, Wenyue W. (Winnie) (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018)
    A report by the fall 2017 MSUD studio exploring how to subdivide a heavily wooded, sloping site in a mature suburb so as to both maximize tree canopy and diversification of the existing housing types. The study makes ...
  • Reconnecting Westside Chattanooga 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Huang, Jiaxuan; Kesarkar, Veda; Khalid, Bushra; Krinsky, Jules; Liu, Yijing (Sam); Morgan, Erica; Sooryanarayanan, Chandru; Srinivasan, Smritika; Wang, Minye (Alice); Wei, Snow; Yu, Jin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018)
    A report by the fall 2016 MSUD studio of proposals to retrofit the damage done to Westside Chattanooga by urban renewal in the 1960s. Student teams proposed various redevelopment strategies for US 27, the aging housing ...
  • Stormwater and Urban Design: Urban Design Strategies for Four Sites on the Atlanta BeltLine 

    Ahuja, Rattandeer; Boron, Roberta; Gao, Long; Hampton, Travis; Hang, Yu; Hightower, John; Kai, Liao; Richter, Laura; Tao, Shiqi; Wallace, Justin; Xing, Hafei; Dagenhart, Richard; Debo, Tom (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012)
    A joint urban design studio with the School of Architecture and the School of City and Regional Planning. The Georgia Conservancy’s Blueprints for Successful Communities program, in partnership with graduate students from ...
  • Retreat, Adapt, Defend - Urban Design Response to Sea Level Rise in 5 Coastal Georgia Communities 

    Dagenhart, Richard; Debo, Tom; Adams, Kevin; Aguilar, Johnny; Alhadeff, Daniel; Blumenfeld, Amy; Cadet, Sherene; Hutchison, Alyssa; Manley, Canon; McClure, Melvin; Plummer, Audrey; Riley, R. Dawn; Tuura, Logan; Wallace, Justin; Wang, Jiawen; Zhang, Yigong (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013)
    This studio is part of a Georgia Conservancy Blueprints initiative assessing impacts of climate change and sea level rise for Coastal Georgia. The studio was organized into five teams to address issues five cities: Savannah, ...
  • Lithonia Town Center 

    Moore, Katherine; Murphy, Deanna; Barnett, Leah; Dunham-Jones, Ellen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012)
    Report of near and long-term urban design proposals to revitalize Lithonia's town center.
  • Downtown Dekalb 

    Tao, Shiqi; Xing, Huafei (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013)
  • Uptown Nashville 

    Revercomb, Catherine Blair; Plummer, Audrey; Riley, R. Dawn; Tuura, Logan; Zhang, Yigong (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014)
    “Uptown Nashville” seeks to rebuild the current district identity to create a new and improved Sulphur Dell District. With the stadium development and other existing and proposed amenities acting as a catalyst, Uptown ...
  • The Junction 

    Bonn, Sarah Jane; Date, Chirag; Stephens, Patrick; Pang, Lu; Eghbalzad, Pegah (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016)
  • Transit-Oriented Garden City 

    Hightower, John; Liao, Kai; Tao, Shiqi; Xing, Huafei; Vialard, Alice (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013)
  • Downtown Atlanta 2041: Autonomous Vehicles and A-Street Grids 

    Dunham-Jones, Ellen; Blakeley, Meredith; Bonn, Sarah Jane; Goldstein, Eric; Huang, Shijia; McMullen, Meghan; Pang, Lu; Payson, Mikhail; Reeves, Blake; Scott, Stacy; Shrestha, Animesh (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-08)
    Downtown Atlanta 2041 is a speculative look 25 years into the future at the opportunities available to build on parking lots and create a walkable network of Class A streets and distinctive neighborhoods around Downtown’s many ...
  • Hahira Town Plan 

    McKinney, Edward; Barksdale, Daryl; Black, Timothy; Borrelli, Juan; Chapin, Timothy; Dikes, Shawn; Eidson, Cynthia; Hayes, James; Hipp, Mark; Seuglung, Eric; Tatum, Lucien, III; Wagonmaker, Daniel; Wright, Denise; Young , Douglas; Daganhart, Richard; Nelson, Chris; McKinney, Edward (Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994)
    Project Summary. Location: Hahira is a small Georgia town with about 1300 residents. Interstate Highway 75 connects Hahira to Valdosta, Georgia, a regional economic center, about 15 miles to the south, near the Georgia - ...
  • Subdivision and Zoning, Crabapple, Georgia 

    Allen, Doug; Peponis, John; Dalton, Ruth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001)
  • Incidental Infrastructure - Incidental Urbanism: Interstate Highway 75-85, Downtown Atlanta 

    Dagenhart, Richard; Benson, Cory; Bobo, Alvin; Brown, Steven; Garris, Eric; Garvin, Venuess; Henshaw, Chris; Hitch, Ted; Mccain, Ross; McKibben, Ryan; Rodriguez, Glendale; Sarmiento, Sergio; Treschitta, Domenick; Whitfield, Brian (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001)
    A graduate level urban design studio with projects located along the edge of Interstate 75-85, the Atlanta Downtown Connector. The studio first examined historical incidental infrastructure examples in cities around the ...

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