Project overviews

RUDI's project overview section will feature individual project data supported by a short description including facts, images, plans and drawings. 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.

Click here for a 'quick link' to an alphabetical listing, by place name, of project overviews.

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Filling in the last mile: complementary mobility options that support whole public transport journeys

Car sharing, car clubs, and shared taxis can reach where public transport can't, and help commuters and travellers to complete the last mile of the journey home. Creating good conditions for walking and cycling also helps to fill the 'last mile' gap

Information, identity and individuality: affordable ways to enhance public space and boost civic assets

A customisable, ‘ready-to-go’ urban realm wayfinding system named ‘frank’ is bringing established – and affordable – best practice to a wide range of towns and cities

Community-focused urban development: plus overview of the London-based St Clements urban community land trust

By Tom Moore

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) offer a potential solution to delivering development at local scales in urban and rural areas. A typical CLT will acquire land, develop housing and amenities and sell the properties at an affordable price, usually linked to local incomes or fixed at a low percentage of market value. Plus a focus on London-based St Clement's urban CLT

Civic space for an active city: Inverness's new streetscapes boost economy

By Duncan McLean

Duncan McLean is Associate Landscape Architect with Land Use Consultants in Scotland

The landscape-led approach to the refurbishment of Inverness city public realm clearly identified ‘people’ and ‘place’ at the forefront of the design process. The city centre now has growing economic confidence, a new café culture and active, pedestrian-friendly streets.

Inverness is Scotland’s newest city and the centre of Highland culture. As such, it is undergoing rapid transformation through development, environment and cultural initiatives.

Largely in response to Inverness’ new city status in 2000, the concurrent rapid growth and development, it was decided to update the perception of Inverness city centre as an unattractive destination and suffering economically.

To this end, The Highland Council commissioned Land Use Consultants (LUC) in October 2005 to develop, design and administer the contract for a comprehensive refurbishment of city centre streets, public realm, traffic management, a new public art programme and new lighting.

From asphalt to active space

Diamond Architects, in collaboration with Public Works, an art/architecture collective, undertook a series of workshops with the residents of Braithwaite House, a 19-storey residential tower block part of the 1960s Banner Estate in north-east London. The aim was to develop a brief for the creation of a welcoming new piece of shared public outdoor space, formerly a bare expanse of asphalt.

The scheme's modest budget (just over £150,000) plus complex logistics including the loading issues of the podium's concrete deck, has led to a design focused on a series of interventions and surface treatments. By introducing pieces of furniture, games, planting and surface treatments, the project has created areas for activity, play and interaction, as well as a space for contemplation.

Reclaiming the streets: a public urban lounge on a NYC street grew out of social media planning

By Diana Balmori

How do you reclaim the city’s streets for pedestrian use in a way that is flexible, inexpensive and contextually appropriate to the site in question? Balmori Associates has wrestled with these issues since being asked, by New York City’s Meatpacking District Initiative, to create a temporary solution for the public space of Gansevoort Plaza in the busy Meatpacking District (MPD).

The NYC Dept of Transportation continues to re-imagine traffic throughout the city; employing a system of bike paths, street closings and new traffic alignments to create public space and make traffic safer and more efficient. The task was to imagine the public spaces created by the new traffic alignments, and design a language of street furniture and planting that helped to define the space. Before beginning to develop our design principles, the design team first had to ask, what should a public place be?

Leith Docks waterfront regeneration

Leith Docks waterfront regeneration

Outline planning permission has ben given for a controversial development framework for Leith Docks, the largest planning application in Edinburgh's history. The framework, designed by RMJM for Forth Ports, will regenerate the area as part of the city's long term vision to transform Edinburgh's waterfront into a vibrant sustainable community and an internationally renowned leisure destination

Hastings: education and heritage-led regeneration

De La Warr pavilion

Education is regarded as one key element in a major programme of regeneration which has the aim of reviving the economy of the seaside town of Hastings, East Sussex, along with its neighbour Bexhill. A new style 'multi-versity' now has over 700 students, while a new further education college is under construction

LIfE project (long-term initiatives for flood risk environment)

LIfE project (long-term initiatives for flood risk environment)

Many new homes are planned in areas of flood risk, especially those in the Thames Gateway. Every new development exacerbates long-term problems of flood risk and water shortage. LIfE (long-term initiatives for flood risk environment) provides integrated master-planning, architecture and environmental solutions to areas at risk.

Barking Central


Barking Central is designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, originally for Urban Catalyst - now for Redrow, to create 200 homes and a lifelong learning centre on the site of an original library. The project sits adjacent to the existing town hall and includes the creation of a new civic square