The road to masterplanning for change and the design of resilient places

Ombretta Romice, Sergio Porta, Alessandra Feliciotti

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Knowing what to design is the foresight that tomorrow’s cities need more than anything. This paper presents the Urban Design Studies Unit of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow’s coordinated approach to research in different areas of urbanism, and how we used such approach in evidence‐based masterplanning. To explain what is unarguably a complex approach to the design of the city, this paper will start with an overview into our group’s point of view on cities, and continue with a short summary of our journey to learn some aspects of how cities are. We will touch upon a few milestones only, but hopefully enough to explain the questions that have led us to what we call ‘Masterplanning for Change’, our normative approach to city design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-26
Number of pages16
JournalArchitectural Research in Finland
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2017
EventThe 7th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland - Aalto University , Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 22 Oct 201524 Oct 2015


  • resilience
  • urban planning
  • urban design
  • cities
  • normative approach
  • city forms
  • urban theories


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