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.

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • 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 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 ...
  • Subdivision and Zoning, Crabapple, Georgia 

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

    Dagenhart, Richard (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001)
  • Projects in Chattahoochee Hill, Atlanta, Georgia 

    Dagenhart, Richard (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004)
  • Growth Management, Samboronden, Ecuador 

    Gamble, Michael; Roark, Randy (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004)
    The Canton of Samborondon, over the past nine months, has undertaken a planning process to determine the course of growth over the next 25 - 35 years in this rapidly growing Canton adjacent to Ecuador’s largest city, ...
  • Rehabitation of Deira and Bur Dubai 

    Achey, Shauna K.; D'Agostino, C. Scott; Stacy, Chad M.; Williams, Jeffery F. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006)
  • Copenhagen 2009 

    Branum, Cassie; Caimbeul, David; Dong, Binh; Finklestein, Aria; Kovacheva, Maryia (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
  • Luijazui:Pudong: Retrofits 

    Rogers, Lord Richard; Perrault, Dominique; Ito, Toyo; Fuksas, Massimilian; Getty, Drew; Thompson, Claire; Williams, Gaylan; Bo, Song; Mendez, Gina; Xiaoxue, Sheng (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009-12)
  • Sustainable Roots: Salt Lake City 

    Williams, Jeffrey; Amichandwala, Jimmy; Brady, Sean; Rangwala, Huzefa (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007)
  • Resurgent Networks: Los Angeles 

    Bacon, Kevin; Stacy, Chad; Achey, Shauna; Mosley, Erin (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008)
    Sustainable development is three fold: economic, socio-cultural, and environmental. The future of Boyle Heights and its surrounding areas should adapt a holistic approach to reconnecting the community through the promotion ...
  • Articulating Everyday Space, Denver 2009 

    Branum, Cassie; Finkelstein, Aria; Kovacheva, Maria; King, Ben; Lawrence, Nathan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009)
    Denver has fared better than most American cities in the recent global economic downturn. Over the past decade, Denver’s real estate market has not expanded as rapidly as in other fast-growing U.S. cities. The city enjoys ...
  • The Trace: San Diego 

    Thompson, Claire; Combs, Jason; Johnson, Louis; Wilkinson, Luke; King, Ben (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Three overlapping systems exist within the context of the East Village site: The Geologic Setting is the most fundamental of systems San Diego sits atop the seam of two vast tectonic plates, the jagged movements of ...
  • Re-Envisioning the Market: San Diego 

    Tolentino, Arman; Ghizoni, Renato; Tabor, Reggie; Curlet, Alex; Smith, Trent (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Today’s unprecedented market conditions of simultaneous low real estate demand and low capital investment have severely altered the economic landscape. In order to redevelop San Diego’s East Village, an area with ...
  • Educating The Edge City: Anchoring a Mixed Use Neighborhood with a College Campus 

    Farr, Robert (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    A variety of uses are stronger when integrated together than apart. By integrating a community college into a mixed-use redevelopment of a strip mall, I am resolving two distinct problems: fragmentation in edge cities ...
  • From Strip Mall to Small Town: The Incremental Redevelopment of a Parking Lot 

    Buck, Alysha (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    My research indicates that the most vibrant historic plazas exhibit Evolution of Place, Civility, and Tophophilia, yet these qualities seem to be absent from many of Atlanta’s public spaces. By looking to the Medieval City ...
  • Beyond Metrics: Designing the Master Street Plan 

    Knight, Paul (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Our current system of development regulations attempts to mechanize the design process by molding the complexities of urbanism into simple and naive ratios. This regulatory machine acts only on the parcel and fails to ...
  • Lessons from Ten Cities 

    Presley, Gabriel; Piatkowski, Robert; Perko, Claire; Ali, Najia; Johns, Gavin; Beza, Beza A.; Bacher, Emily; Wilkinson, Luke W.; Bush, Dereth; Yu, Jianqiu; Perez-Carro, Carlos F.; Einarsson, Amber; Ciccone, Sarah; Spaht, Holden C.; Herndon, Joshua; Fuson, Ellen; Mooney, Amanda; Radomski, Kirsten; Herndon, Joshua (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    This project focuses on the primary ingredient of urban form: the subdivision of urban territory into public and private domains (or public and private usage in some situations). Every project in existing urban cores - ...
  • Brookwood Alliance Plan 

    Duy, Laurence Nguyen; Bano, Salma; Lawrence, Nathan; Lee, Sandy So-Jung; Delinsky, Michael; Tittle, Derrick; Tuura, Logan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    Brookwood is located on the periphery of the core of Atlanta. The neighborhood sits between the major urban growth poles of Buckhead to the north and Midtown to the south. The Brookwood Alliance is comprised of the four ...
  • International Urban Design Studio : Shanghai 2010 

    Getty, Drew; Thompson, Claire; Williams, Galen; Jones, Paul; Murphy, Diana; Tabor, Reginald; Johnson, Louis; Sanders, Julie; Ghizoni, Renato; Morrow, Edward; Wallace, Ross (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)
    In response to a lack of urbanity and a voided public realm, this project is an attempt to redefine the fabric of Lujiazui through tactical interventions in the urban landscape. Part of our approach is to accept the existing ...

View more