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.

PLACEmaking 2009: celebrating quality and innovation in urbanism

PLACEmaking 2009 provides an accessible overview of the most innovative and effective placemaking schemes currently being delivered and managed. UK and international case studies to illustrate how, and why, these schemes work

St John's Square, Blackpool: flexible, multi-activity public space

St John's Square, Blackpool: flexible, multi-activity public space

London-based, architectural practice leit-werk won a £3.5million competition to re-design a key public space in the heart of Blackpool. The redevelopment of the St John's Precinct area forms part of the greater regeneration plan being delivered by ReBlackpool - the town's urban regeneration company.

St John's New Horizon is intended both as a new landmark and as a lifestyle hub. A catalyst for the town's ongoing regeneration, the scheme will attract locals and holidaymakers, encouraging tourism, cultural activity and business investment

Streets are places, too

Streets are places, too

Local authorities could - and should - have taken a little trouble to make sure that road design and maintenance was coordinated with town planning. But, says Colin Davis, most of them didn't, leaving us with many problems to address.

Greenwich Peninsula: A place in the making

Greenwich Peninsula: A place in the making

A stretch of undeveloped land on a distinctive curve of the Thames has provided a blank canvas and an unrivalled opportunity to develop Greenwich Peninsula, a new place for London

Vital and viable towns

Vital and viable towns

Measuring the relationship between successful public realm and successful development. By Roger Evans and Conrad Kickert (REAL)

DIY urbanism: build your own community

DIY urbanism

The idea of supporting communities of self-builders is gaining ground in the UK, says Juliana O’Rourke

Do you speak placemaking?

Do you speak placemaking?

Faced with the practical implications of placemaking, the need for a common language and a move to interdisciplinary teamwork is paramount, says Paul Reynolds, leader of the urban design team at Atkins London

All parties working together: Dove Lane, Bristol

All parties working together: Dove Lane, Bristol

The Dove Lane project in St Paul’s, Bristol, encouraged a collaborative approach in two ways: an innovative community consultation plan engaged the public, while the development partners signed a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA). By Jim Weddell, urban design director at RPS

More than the sum of its parts

More than the sum of its parts

We need to learn from traditional placemaking, and not turn our backs on the streets, the squares and the places that have been successful through the ages. Academy of Urbanism directors talk ‘place' with Placemaking

Survival of the fittest: places must respond to survive

Survival of the fittest: places must respond to survive

Planning meets preservation; urban design meets conservation. If we reconcile identity and technology, there is no reason why character and innovation should not go together, says Jack Warshaw