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Urban Design Awards 2014

Masterplanning Futures

Urban design is the collaborative and multi-disciplinary process of shaping the physical setting for life in cities, towns and villages; the art of making places; design in an urban context. Urban design involves the design of buildings, groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, and the establishment of frameworks and processes that facilitate successful development. The winners in the Practice, Public Sector, Developer and Student Award categories were selected by a vote of the Urban Design Group membership.

The Urban Design Group (UDG) is a campaigning membership organisation open to all who care about the quality of life in our cities, towns and villages and believe that raising standards of urban design is central to its improvement. The UDG believesthat good urban design depends upon successful collaboration between all those who shape the built environment, whatever their professional background.

Lucy Bullivant’s Masterplanning Futures Has Won the Urban Design Group's 2014 Book of the Year Award

The Urban Design Group’s National Urban Design Awards 2014 were presented on February 12th and the evening showcased some great examples of urban design work produced throughout the UK over the past twelve months. Lucy Bullivant’s title Masterplanning Futures was awarded the 2014 Book of the Year Award and, in describing the title, the Urban Design Group Book Award Panel said, “While emphasising the informal and social dynamics, Masterplanning Futures celebrates the struggle for innovative form.”

In the past, spatial masterplans for cities have been fixed blueprints realized as physical form through conventional top down processes. These frequently disregarded existing social and cultural structures, while the old modernist planning model zoned space for home and work. At a time of urban growth, these models are now being replaced by more adaptable, mixed use plans dealing holistically with the physical, social and economic revival of districts, cities and regions. Through today's public participative approaches and using technologically enabled tools, contemporary masterplanning instruments embody fresh principles, giving cities a greater resilience and capacity for social integration and change in the future. Lucy Bullivant analyses the ideals and processes of international masterplans, and their role in the evolution of many different types of urban contexts in both the developed and developing world. Among the book's key themes are landscape-driven schemes, social equity through the reevaluation of spatial planning, and the evolution of strategies responding to a range of ecological issues and the demands of social growth.

Drawing on first-hand accounts and illustrated throughout with colour photographs, plans and visualizations, the book includes twenty essays introduced by an extensive overview of the field and its objectives. These investigate plans including one-north Singapore, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, Xochimilco in Mexico City and Waterfront Seattle, illuminating their distinct yet complementary integrated strategies. This is a key book for those interested in today's multiscalar masterplanning and conceptually advanced methodologies and principles being applied to meet the challenges and opportunities of the urbanizing world. The author's research was enabled by grants from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the SfA (the Netherlands Architecture Fund), the Danish Embassy and support from the Alfred Herrhausen Society.

Masterplanning Futures - Lucy Bullivant (Routledge / Taylor & Francis)
The panel of reviewers praised the book as “forward looking, design focused and exploratory....whilst emphasising the informal and social dynamics, Masterplanning Futures celebrates the struggle for innovative form”. > Buch-Shop


Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA is an architecture curator, guest lecturer and internationally published author and critic. She has a Master's degree in Cultural History (RCA, London) and was Heinz Curator of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts, London, in the early 1990s before curating a number of highly successful exhibitions for institutions including Vitra Design Museum, the Milan Triennale and the British Council. She is the author of New Arcadians, Responsive Environments, 4dsocial, 4dspace and Anglo Files: UK Architecture's Rising Generation. Lucy is an international correspondent to Domus, The Plan, Volume and Indesign.


Introduction 1. Post-Industrial Urban Regeneration 2. City Centre and Waterfront Neighbourhoods 3. Science and Technology Districts 4. Post-Disaster Urban Regeneration 5. Social Equity 6. 'Eco-Eities' 7. Landscape and Landscape Infrastructure-Driven Urban Plans 8. The Water City 9. Urban Growth


"Lucy Bullivant has completed and published in Masterplanning Futures a comprehensive outlook on some of the most relevant large scale developments in the world that are configuring a new understanding on the role of master plans." - Manu Fernandez, Human Scale Cities "The book sets out to explore the diverse range of activities within the broad - and questionable - banner of 'masterplanning'. Bullivant examines a wide range of design interventions in the city, the motivations of designers and patrons and their relationship to place and culture." - Jonathan Kendall, Architecture Today

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