Case studies and good practice
Case studies and good practice

Case studies

RUDI's specialist team has, over the years, created detailed case studies relating to urban design projects around the world.We hope to provide many more such examples focusing on projects, case studies and works in progress, and we welcome any information that you would like to share with others on this site. Please contact us with your comments and case study suggestions.

Click here for a 'quick link' to an alphabetical listing, by place name, of case studies. Alternatively, browse the taster pages below for each case study and click on the hyperlink to access the full case study information.

Project overviews

We also publish 'in a nutshell' project overviews featuring project data supported by images, plans and drawings, where available. Projects may be of any type: streets, housing estates, parks, squares, walkways, waterfronts – any part of the built environment in any part of the world as long as it references points of interest.

We welcome submissions for this section, please contact RUDI for details.

Guerrilla gardens: what happens when communities take over council land

A number of councils who are working with local communities to give these spaces a new lease of life. Partnerships between councils and communities can help give unused pieces of land real value and help cut council maintenance costs. A community orchard in Birmingham is just one example of how public land can be used to bring a variety of activities to an area

Urban Design Lessons 2014: Housing Layout and Neighbourhood Quality

Lessons learnt from 100 design proposals and financial data submitted for the DPP2 panel procurement. The report shows that good urban design does not have to cost more and can have many benefits. Key urban design principles are illustrated by layout examples, demonstrating good practice and areas for consideration. The lessons may inform future design proposals, assist in the assessment of bids and improve the quality of housing-led developments.

Pedestrian Modelling - A mass in motion

How do people navigate through a building, a train station or an airport? What happens when you need to evacuate an area, or if a number of exits have to be shut for various reasons? Will the occupants still make it out safely? By Peter Debney

Modelling people in the heart of Sydney

A recent modelling project, commissioned by Transport for New South Wales in July 2012, required the use of ‘nanosimulation’, a relatively new modelling technique, and the software tool mandated for the project is called Commuter

Way out west: Local Sustainable Transport Fund Case Studies

In the first of a series of articles prepared in partnership with the DfT, RUDI and partner Local Transport Today profile some of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiatives being delivered by local authorities: In the first of a series of articles prepared in partnership with the DfT, LTT profiles some of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiatives being delivered by local authorities: Swindon Borough Council Cycle Loan Scheme

Start small, think big: Localising Change outline summary

Big regeneration is not working to deliver homes or communities in many places. This innovative event on 17 April, 2013, in Newcastle, will outline localised structural frameworks within which viable incremental improvements can happen. Supported by Architecture + Design Scotland,

Data and Modelling 2012

The future is a foreign country: we will do things very differently there. The challenge for movement and place professionals is to help make viable plans today for an uncertain tomorrow. Movement, living, working and leisure patterns are morphing faster than ever before on the back of rapid technological advances and social change. How can we model today for digitally-savvy generations whose behaviour patterns evolve as rapidly as new technologies?

A LUTI model with a difference

By Sonny Tolofari, Leicestershire County Council; Paul Hanson, AECOM; Andy Dobson, David Simmonds Consultancy

The Leicester and Leicestershire Integrated Transport Model (LLITM) represents the most detailed land-use application that has been built to date by David Simmonds Consultancy in terms of both the number of different land-use types modelled, and the detailed level of zones within the modelled area

The town team experience: two case studies, Harlesden in London, and Neilston in Scotland

By Rob Cowan

Mary Portas calls for a series of pilot projects led by town teams. To illustrate the sorts of projects she has in mind, she suggests places for town teams to operate from; public contributions to a ‘community chest’; online presences for high streets; high street loyalty cards; a national market day; high street places to collect goods ordered online; high street shops offering other services; and using vacant high street premises for start-ups and as hubs for people working from home. These are all good ideas. Probably all of them have been tried, and they should be tried again. But it would also be good to experiment with different models of the town team so that we can find out what works, says Rob Cowan

Strategic infrastructure frameworks: helping transport to support the growth agenda

Ministers want local authorities and the business community to work together to deliver transport investments that foster economic growth. Andrew Forster, Local Transport Today, spoke to Martin Tugwell, Oxfordshire’s deputy director for growth and infrastructure, about the county’s plan for a Strategic Infrastructure Framework to prioritise investments