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Comparing House Builders’ approaches to Urban Design
Major Research Report

A pilot study to understand its role and value to the industry

Major Research report produced for the UDG by Richard Hayward, Ivor Samuels, Louise Thomas launched at the National Urban Design Conference

Six house builders were interviewed and surveyed for their attitudes towards urban design, guidance, planning and highway authoities, and their general view on quality and value. 

"Company C finds MfS useful, except “in areas where county councils will not look at new design ideas, and use it, in their words, to ‘prop up their desks’”"



National Urban Design Awards 2015

Finalists and Winners 

A selection of the video entries by the finalists including the winning entries - screened at the Awards event on 11 March 2015.   For the full results list please follow this link


About the Urban Design Group 

Founded in 1978, the Urban Design Group (UDG) is a campaigning membership organisation with over 1000 members who care about the quality of life in our cities, towns and villages, and believe that raising standards of urban design is central to its improvement.

The UDG website contains a wealth of information for anyone interested in urban design including details of urban design practices, university courses, publications and job vacancies, as well as future urban design events. Our regular email newsletter 

Urban Update is a one-stop-shop for urban design news, articles and blog posts.




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