Papers
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Papers are usually original research documents, published for the first time on RUDI. We welcome academic and conference papers, articles, abstracts and findings of research and other documents relating to urban design.

Any previously unpublished and preferably illustrated materials are considered, especially those related to the design, management, history and theory of the built environment, and in particular the space between buildings.

Submissions in this section are assessed by two independent reviewers before publication on RUDI.

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Urbanism in Evolution: New Urbanism and Beyond

By Dr Stephen Marshall

This essay outlines an evolutionary interpretation of urbanism, and suggests implications for New Urbanism.

It argues that it is useful to understand urbanism in evolutionary terms, and suggests how an evolutionary perspective can articulate some of the challenges faced by New Urbanism. Here, we first interpret the organic and evolutionary nature of cities – outlining some arguments that are more fully elaborated in another work, Cities Design and Evolution – before directing attention and application towards New Urbanism, and beyond.

Microclimatic effects of a large urban forest on the surrounding thermal environment in cities of the hot arid zone


Date published:

Author: Dr. Ahmed Y. Okeil

Institution: United Arab Emirates University, Department of Architecture

City/County/Country:
UAE

Summary:
Microclimatic effects of a large urban forest on the surrounding thermal environment in cities of the hot arid zone

The use of virtual reality in urban design: enhancing the image of Al-Ain City, UAE

Date published:

Author:
Dr. Mostafa El Araby & Dr. Ahmed Y. Okeil

Institution:
United Arab Emirates University, Department of Architecture

City/County/Country:
UAE

Summary:
A study exploring the rapid growth of the use of Virtual Reality techniques in the field of uban design with application to the Al-Ain City in Dubai, UAE

Mathematical Theory of the Urban Web

By Nikos A. Salingaros, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, USA

A paper which applies mathematical modelling to urban design at the level of patterns, nodes and interconnections. Published on RUDI on September 18, 1997.

Urban Design and Urban Policy in Colombia.

By Pedro G. Buraglia D., DirectorDepartamento de Urbanística , Universidad Nacional de Colombia. , Bogota, Colombia

An original paper which considers recent planning and urban design in Bogota, capital of Colombia. Available in English and Spanish versions. Published on RUDI on November 5, 1998.

Ecology and the Fractal Mind in the New Architecture: a Conversation

By Nikos A. Salingaros and Victor Padron, University of Texas at San Antonio / Universidad de Los Andes, Texas / Merida, USA / Venezuela

A conversation between two scientists which blends results fom mathematics, psychology and philosophy to reveal a profound link between the human mind and its environment. Published on RUDI on March 30, 2000.

Deconstruction in Urban Design

By Damien Mugavin & Stuart Bowling, University of Tasmania

A paper which proposes a means of using deconstruction as a theory to generate a new understanding of urban design. Published on RUDI in 1997.

Interstitial Layers

By Gary Brown, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

An account of a programme of urban analysis set up for semester one of the third year at the Centre for Architecture, John Moores University. Includes QuickTime movies. Published on RUDI on February 13, 1998.

America

By Alan Reeve, Oxford Brookes University

A paper by a lecturer in urban design and RUDI staff member relating to a study tour of the south western states of the USA. Published on RUDI in 1997.

The Tony Garnier Urban Museum, Lyon, France

By Stephen V. Ward, Oxford Brookes University, Lyon, France

Documents the UNESCO funded project on the work of early 20th century architect Tony Garnier whose Cité Industrielle anticipated modernist town planning. Commissioned by and published on RUDI, December 22, 2000