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The Use of Patterns as an Urban Design Approach

Version 1 : Received: 17 September 2018 / Approved: 17 September 2018 / Online: 17 September 2018 (10:01:27 CEST)

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Casakin, H. The Use of Patterns as an Urban Design Approach. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 101. Casakin, H. The Use of Patterns as an Urban Design Approach. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 101.


Urban design is a complex problem-solving activity that commonly requires the aid of a variety of methods to support the process and enhance the quality of the outcomes. How to help designers with adequate methods to deal with ill-defined urban problems constitutes a major challenge in the urban design domain. In this regard, the use of urban design patterns is considered as a method that can contribute to urban design problem-solving. However, this tool was never investigated to understand its role in the task-related activities that take place during the design process by designers working in team, and its effect on the creativity of the final design outcome as perceived by urban designers and students. Therefore, an empirical research based on a controlled experiment was carried out to explore the aid provided by design patterns during the conceptual stages of the process. The study contributed to gain a better insight into the main design activities derived from the use of patterns as problem-solving tools, and to unveil their contribution to urban design. Implications for design practice and design education are discussed.


design patterns; urban design; problem-solving; creativity; urban design education; teamwork


Arts and Humanities, Architecture

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