MA Urban Design

Welcome to MORE 2023

David Mathewson, Krystallia Kamvasinou, Simone Gobber, Luz Navarro, Simona Palmieri, David Seex, Louise Thomas

David Mathewson is a Senior Lecturer, with over 20 years’ experience as an urban designer, architectural designer and international planner currently undertaking doctoral studies in planning policy related to flooding and the link with changing urban form in Jakarta, Indonesia.

THE PG URBAN DESIGN course, with MA, Diploma and Certificate Pathways at the University of Westminster provides a coherent approach to understanding and studying the challenges facing cities today. Combining structured academic study with live design projects, it allows students to develop practical skills alongside a theoretical understanding and an informed approach to sustainable urban development. As a multidisciplinary field, Urban Design overlaps with and incorporates elements of urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape design, urban regeneration, geography, transport planning and infrastructure planning, drawing students from all these backgrounds.

Cities are at the centre of modern life and are the places where the majority of the world’s inhabitants make their homes. They are the hubs of economic and social life and where the majority of resources are consumed. They have evolved over time with important city images, built forms and urban profiles that attract investment while serving as cultural assets which reflect the values of their inhabitants, around whom shared experiences revolve and daily activities are shaped. This process is well understood in the West; however, in a global context the pace of change is both dramatic and accelerating, creating new challenges for city design and management, particularly in the developing nations of the global south.

Drawing on the cultural and economic forces acting in the city, the urban design course focuses on understanding and shaping the physical setting in which these processes take place; it carefully considers the manner in which buildings, streets and urban spaces are combined to create distinct environments that nurture daily life, provide efficient urban systems, and form memorable places valued by their inhabitants.

The work presented here is based on student dissertations and major design projects in which particular impacts on the city design are identified and how, in the light of these effects, urban form can best be adapted to current and future needs. The practice of urban design has been emerging as a distinct profession globally since the 1970s and is underpinned by a growing knowledge-base informed by research and tested through spatial analysis and design proposal; these studies represent a critique of current responses to urban challenges and provide a unique contribution to urbanism’s body of knowledge.

Part-time students:

  • David Batchelor
  • Tony Beaman
  • Adam Fall
  • Karla Johnson
  • Katherine Keyes
  • Chris Penny
  • Nomai Thompson-Cox
  • Karolien Yperman
  • ‘Kate ‘ Leuk Ki Yung

MORE is a part of Open Studio project run by the School of Architecture + Cities at the University of Westminster to make its design, research and practice-based work available online while it is happening.

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