The Bartlett School of Architecture


Vivacity: Urban sustainability for the twenty-four hour city

Bringing together experts from design, engineering, construction, urban planning and IT, all of whom have worked on aspects of sustainability, from crime to accessibility and environmental sciences

Vivacity: Urban sustainability for the twenty-four hour city
The vision for the project is to support and enable sustainable and socially responsible urban design through the development of innovative, inclusive and practical decision-making tools & resources. These will be derived from an in-depth understanding of the patterns of human/environment interaction, and will resolve practical urban design, operation and management problems, particularly in relation to the twenty-four hour city.

The project uses the development of a generic process for sustainable design decision making as the spine around which knowledge on the various dimensions of sustainability can be built. This is to enable multi-criteria decision-making and 'what if?' scenarios to be undertaken by key practitioners and stakeholders.

The project has at its core three work packages addressing: (i) the process of sustainable design decision-making; (ii) land use in urban environments, and the relationship between diversity and social and economic vitality; (iii) the use of design for the reduction of actual and perceived crime and the creation of a positive experience of urban environments. Each peripheral work-package would develop further knowledge to add to the design decision-making resource, while work-package 10 contributes considerable ICT to support application and dissemination of knowledge.

EPSRC Grant Reference: GR/S18380/01


Principal Investigator

Professor R Cooper

Other Investigators

Professor J Hanson
Professor WRG Hillier

Professor AR Penn
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Professor S Sharples
Professor G Aouad
Professor TJ Cox
Professor T Fernando
Dr B Croxford
Professor G Evans
Dr C Davey

Recognised Researchers

Dr AB Wootton

Project Partners

Building Research Establishment Ltd, Sheffield City Council, London Borough of Camden, Centre for Accessible Environments (The), MJ Gleeson UK plc, Space Syntax Ltd, Chapel Street Project Office, London Borough of Brent, City of Westminster, RICS Foundation, The Housing Corporation, The Anchor Trust, BTA - British Toilet Association, Peter Mapp, Buro Happold Manchester, RNID, Henry Boot PLC, Government Office for the North West, Ian Finlay Architects, Housing Federation North, Mosscare Housing Limited, Manchester City Council, Institute of Sound and Age Concern Sheffield, Manchester City Council, City of Salford, EDAW, The Housing Corporation, Manchester City Council OS, Learian Designs Ltd, Tesco Group Loss Prevension & Security, CSC Construction Ltd, Taylor Young, Confederation of Construction Clients, Environment Agency, Association of Town Management, NOVAS - Ouvertures Group


Institute for Social Research


University of Salford