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Society has the potential, indeed the duty, to fundamentally shape cities for the better and in the best interests of all.

This is the realm of urban design, and at the Bartlett School of Planning we explore this domain through our teaching, research and engagement with practice.

The School’s Urban Design Research Group is an internationally renowned group of academic staff and researchers with a focus on better understanding and deploying the theories, processes, practices, actors and pedagogies of urban design. We examine problems that range from fundamental theoretical questions about the nature of urban design; to direct engagement shaping its tools of operation; to work with communities to mould their localities; to understanding the fundamental form and nature of space.

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