The Bartlett School of Planning


1. Analysis

As the first stage in the overarching urban design process, the task of urban analysis and interpretation is key.

Introduction to Analysing

Analysis gives us an awareness of the spatial context within which design can take place and helps us to fully understand the urban environment.   

Characteristics may be tangible and quantifiable such as land use distribution, various environmental and socio-economic qualities, urban morphology, density, and so on, or may be intangible and relate to issues such as aesthetics, behaviour or perceptions. The results of the analysis are likely to summarise both site-specific data and that gathered from desktop research.   

Once data has been gathered, it is necessary to interpret it to determine what it tells us. Data gathering should be robust, but the critical task is to articulate what it means in order that it can fully inform later design solutions.

Introduction handout


  • What do we mean by Townscape Analysis?  
  • What are the types of analysis in urban design? 
  • What is a figure-ground map? 

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Software handouts

Design Process Phases

      Graphic Design Process Visualising teaser

      2. Visualisation

      Develop your concept and spatial design techniques

      Graphic Design Process Designing teaser

      3. Detailed design

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      Graphic Design Process Presenting teaser

      4. Presentation

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