The Bartlett School of Planning


3. Detailed design

Following contextual analysis and the development of initial conceptual ideas, the detailed design phase transforms your concepts into a tangible design proposition that relates to a particular place.

Introduction to Detailed Design

Through an iterative design process, the aim is to turn design ideas into something that is concrete and deliverable.

There are several design tools that can be used to transform initial design ideas into a more detailed urban design proposition.

These include different types of drawings: site plan, section, elevation, masterplan, etc., and use different graphic techniques in their representation: mapping, sketching, 3D visualisations, etc.  

Introduction handout


  • Differences between 2D and 3D 
  • Different types of 3D projections 
  • What is a site plan/masterplan in urban design? 
  • What is a section in urban design? 

Introduction handout (pdf)​ →

Software handouts

Design Process Phases

      Graphic Design Process Analysing teaser

      1. Analysis

      Develop your concept and spatial design techniques

      Graphic Design Process Visualising teaser

      2. Visualisation

      Support on how to use content design tools

      Graphic Design Process Presenting teaser

      4. Presentation

      Improve your writing and presentation