URBAN DESIGN International

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 63–81 | Cite as

What value urban design?

  • Matthew CarmonaEmail author
  • Claudio de Magalhães
  • Michael Edwards


Research in the UK has sought to investigate the relationship between better urban design and enhanced value – economic, social and environmental. The work used six case studies in three linked pairs to identify quantitative and qualitative evidence to examine the case. This article presents the background review and research framework used to structure the work. It also presents the detailed findings of the study. The research concluded that better urban design does add value by increasing the economic viability of development; by delivering enhanced social benefits; and by encouraging more environmentally supportive development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Carmona
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudio de Magalhães
    • 1
  • Michael Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.Bartlett School of Planning, University College LondonLondonUK

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