urban design bibliographies + book lists
reading report

RUDI maintains a database of urban design bibliographies which link to futher sources of urban design information.

Bibliographies & Recommended reading lists on specific topics selected by experts.

See below a list of bibliographies available on RUDI and click on the hyperlinks to get more information.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) bibliography

By Washington State University

This bibliography aspires to share with experienced and inexperienced readers alike a cross-section of the body of research that is generally refereed to as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). While a substantial portion of the available literature has been amassed, this bibliography is not exhaustive. Instead, it is focused upon research and publications that pertain to crime in open spaces.

The bibliography consists of relevant examples from CPTED as well as related areas. For example, the effects of crime on park patrons is an important issue, but the lack of research in this area requires that general public responses to crime be examined. The result is a compilation of literature that has direct applications to most every built environment.

Online Planning Resources

By Hugh McClintock, Institute of Urban Planning, School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

The comprehensive bibliographies were designed primarily for use by students taking modules taught by Hugh McClintock in the Institute of Urban Planning, School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, U.K.

The lists particularly focus on items on planning in England (and especially the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire areas) rather than other parts of the UK, although some important items from Wales and Scotland are also included. Several of the reading lists contain a specific section on (other) European / International material.

There is a separate list of Planning and Planning-related organisations, contact details and websites.With the retirement of Hugh McClintock from Nottingham University in June 2006 the ongoing management of the online planning resource has been taken over by RUDI. The resource will continue to be freely available, however RUDI will need to secure sponsorship for this area long term in order for it to remain free to view. Please email suggestions / interest for sponsorship to Carey Baker

Suggestions for additional items, in any of the lists, are welcome, as well as fuller details of any incomplete references. Please send this to [email protected]

Recommended reading on Urban Design by the Congress for the New Urbanism

By Congress for the New Urbanism, Chicago, USA

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. CNU takes a proactive, multi-disciplinary approach to restoring our communities. Members are the life of the organization – they are the planners, developers, architects, engineers, public officials, investors, and community activists who create and influence our built environment, transforming growth patterns from the inside out.

JCUD Bibliographies 2005-2006

By Joint Centre of Urban Design

To see a full listing of recommended books from the Joint Centre for Urban Design in Oxford Brookes University

Initial Sources on Edge City: Bibliography

By Brian Goodey, Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

A bibliography that includes some of the key sources on the subject of the Edge City (marked as such), and also a selection of related studies, ranging from practice reports to developments on social thought. Items are arranged alphabetically, by author.

A Consolidated Conservation / Heritage Bibiliography for the built environment

By Peter J. Larkham, Birmingham School of Planning, University of Central England

This bibliography is designed to be of use to a range of students in built environment disciplines, geography, urban studies, heritage studies, etc; it should also have some relevance for built environment professionals (although it does not cover particular techniques of conservation). There is a concentration on conservation history; planning, law and policy; socio-economic approaches; emerging areas of concern.

The Bibliography of Urban Design

By Mike Biddulph, Lecturer in Urban Design, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Cardiff, Cardiff

Welcome to the bibliography of urban design. This bibliography contains in excess of 1000 references relating to the discipline. References include published books, journal articles, and useful working papers.

Pilot version of searchable bibliography released. Suggestions for inclusion accepted.

Quality of Life in Cities - an Overview and Guide to the Literature. Part II, Section 3 - Townscape and Urban Design

By Lesley Grayson & Ken Young (Parts of), British Library, United Kingdom

Extracts from this overview and guide to the literature include the introduction and Section 3 of Part II which examine the townscape and urban design aspects of the Quality of Life in Cities in the United Kingdom. The section begins with short summaries on privatisation of the public realm, form and function, townscape, human city, public involvement, leadership, city pride and the Millenium Commission, followed by an annotated bibliography of books, articles and reports dealing with this subject.