Designing the Urban: Reflections on the role of theory in the individual design process

  • Lucy Montague Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


This paper offers an overview of PhD research that seeks to explore the ways in whichtheories in urban design might influence the individual creative process of urbandesign. Its objectives are to study existing theory related to design, examine theprocess of design and urban design, and relate knowledge of urban design theory tothe design process. Having reviewed possible research by design methodologies andidentified four approaches, a reflective one is taken based upon Donald Schön’s ‘TheReflective Practitioner’ (1983). This is executed through the generation of an urbandesign (site evaluation, framework and masterplan for a site in London) andaccompanying commentary that records the design activity, followed by an analysisof and reflection on the design and commentary offering insights into the use oftheory within the process.Keywords: Reflection; urban; theory; design.

Biografia Autor

Lucy Montague, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
BArch (Hons) PG Dip MSc PhD