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Urban Transcripts

Urban Transcripts

Urban Transcripts

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Architecture & Planning
Social Enterprise
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Urban Transcripts

London, United Kingdom

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bringing together research, community participation and design, to create innovative solutions for better cities

About us

We work on city making by bringing together research, community participation and design.


Urban Transcripts was born of a desire to create a new tool through which to explore the city as a complex phenomenon in a participatory and cross-disciplinary way. It was initiated in 2010 as an annual programme of events such as exhibitions, conferences, and workshops, focused on, and hosted in, a different city every year. Our point of departure was to grasp and effectively communicate the complexity of the city through a three-fold “urban transcript” where arts, theory and research, architecture and urbanism, complement and confront one-another.


Currently our work focuses on Urban Laboratory projects for cities and urban areas: integrated research-participation-design projects that start with an urban problem and end with the generation of urban design and policy proposals. Focused on a specific urban agenda and sensitive to the particularities of place, the Urban Laboratory fosters collaboration across countries, disciplines, communities and institutions, generating multi-dimensional design- and policy-based solutions to urban challenges that are socially just and environmentally sustainable.


We respond to the urban challenges of the future through a holistic approach: through research we analyse the urban process and identify strengths and weaknesses; through community participation we engage citizens and stakeholders in the urban development process; through design and policy solutions we re-shape and re-programme the urban fabric creating sustainably successful places. Each of our projects starts as a unique urban problem to resolve. Fusing expert research and public participation into the design process we provide innovative solutions addressing the socio-economic and environmental challenges our cities are facing.

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