UDSU is honoured to host a two-day summit at the University of Strathclyde from 27-28 October to bring together leading ideas on Plot-Based Urbanism.


Keynotes, workshops, round-table discussions and fantastic new opportunities to advance research, policy and practice.

With an increasing trend towards single-use, suburban developments on large plots, we are in the process of losing the diverse, close-grain urban fabrics that once served as the foundation for our most beloved streets and flourishing town centres. This has provoked urban designers and town planners, academics, community organizations and governments at all levels to rethink how to achieve more sustainable approaches to contemporary placemaking. Based on the fundamental importance of the plot in urban development, plot-based urbanism has recently re-emerged as an updated approach to compact, sustainable urban design and masterplanning.

Plot-based urbanism is built upon earlier traditions of placemaking and claims to inform urban planning and design strategies in a way that is not only conducive to incremental growth and mixture of land uses and tenures but also minimizes adverse economic risks, encourages informal participation, and respects local culture. Now that it is receiving growing attention in academia, practice, and local governments in the UK and Europe, there is no better time to bring together leading voices in the discussions surrounding plot-based urbanism and set new agendas, establish collaborations, and move towards practical implementation in research, practice and policy.