Working with Regions, Cities and Towns
Planning for People and Places
From Vision and Masterplan to Design and Delivery
Cities are complex and dynamic social, economic and physical entities. Each place is unique and the way we design and plan urban places has a profound impact on people’s lives, society and the environment.
Our urbanism team embraces these challenges and responsibilities with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach, engaging with cities, communities, developers and other stakeholders to inform decision making and to shape and deliver the places we live in.
For more information please download our Urbanism brochure.
Team Aberdeen has produced a great plan for the city centre. It has wide stakeholder support, and the initiatives in the masterplan are a real foundation for the future.Robert Collier Chief Executive of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce
We have launched an occasional series of urbanism bite-sized thought pieces, drawing on the opinions and expertise of all our urbanism teams in our studios around the world. We hope these will be a starting point for general discussion, a signpost for urban challenges and solutions and a platform for a diverse and sometimes provocative debate. You don’t need to be an qualified professional to join in - just curious and interested in the urban environment.
Our urbanism team operates as an independent consultancy. Here are some of the clients and partners with whom we have had the pleasure of working with over the years. As you will see our clients span the globe and cover both public and private sectors and are from many different and varied organisations. Clients list.
We deliver the highest quality on time and in budget as attested by our many international awards. Please see the list of our awards in the Urbanism sector.
How do you define urbanism to a complete stranger? London studio’s Martin Savage wonders if we should even try to brand landscape architecture, town planning and urban design together when the disciplines embody such an array of skills and talents and for such different environments.
As part of the New London Architecture (NLA) Insight Study, London’s Towns: Shaping the polycentric city, a number of BDP projects have been highlighted as examples demonstrating London’s new wave of development.
Francis Glare acknowledges the tremendous pressure on cities with an apparent rural exodus that is driving migration and challenging city planners with the task of delivering bigger cities quickly, but wonders if rapid urbanisation produces good places to live and the great cities of the future.
Manchester studio’s Rodrigo O’Malley asks if our current housing crisis is, in many aspects, a reflection of our professional failure to critically engage with space and society.
Planning director Anna Sinnott is one of the presenters for an intensive one-day course, organised by UCL Urban Laboratory, on university urbanism focusing on campus development and university-led urban regeneration.
Urbanism director Anna Sinnott explains how engaging local people is at the heart of what we do, making our expertise available to them and combining our design skills with their in-depth local knowledge to co-produce great streets and public spaces.
Head of Urbanism Francis Glare looks at how our experience of working in India is informing our masterplans with an emphasis on infrastructure and retrofitting and lower density neighbourhoods.
BDP works closely with artists and recent collaborations have been on projects such as Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, The Hive at Kew, Grosvenor estate in Mayfair and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.