Shaping vibrant, better connected places

We provide evidence-based research to inform a more holistic approach to the design of sustainable places where people can enjoy a happier, healthier, low carbon lifestyle.

PLACE LOGIC utilises urban network analysis to highlight the underlying forces which shape our towns and cities, all of which have a major impact on the quality of the urban environment.



Unlike other modelling systems which rely on costly and time- consuming data-collection, PLACE LOGIC uses readily available maps as source material and provides outputs quickly and economically. These can be used as stand-alone media or as explanatory aids in more complex models.

The principle behind PLACE LOGIC is that successful places depend on two important and inter-related factors: a logical movement network and an appropriate distribution of functions. Towns and cities are highly complex entities and case studies have demonstrated that there is a remarkably close correlation between connectivity and viability, so explaining why some places ‘work,’ and others do not.

PLACE LOGIC is currently involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Urban Design Studies Unit (UDSU) of the University of Strathclyde to develop a powerful new digital tool to assess walkability. Unlike existing walkability tools, it will consider the ‘softer’ elements of streetscapes that affect their desirability and use, such as greenery, street enclosure, building density, and the scale and character of building facades. Read more about this on our news page.

This information is useful to a
number of different disciplines:

  • Urban Designers, Town Planners & Developers
    to test alternative development scenarios and identify the most advantageous solutions.
  • Local Authorities, Valuers & Investors
    to understand how places function in their existing state.
  • Historians & Sociologists
    to trace the evolution of places.

News


Public support sought for walkability surveys in Glasgow, London and Winchester

Public support sought for walkability surveys in Glasgow, London and Winchester


PLACE LOGIC and the Urban Design Studies Unit (UDSU) at the University of Strathclyde are seeking the support and engagement of the public during…

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Understanding the 20-Minute Neighbourhood: Making opportunities for people to live well locally

Understanding the 20-Minute Neighbourhood: Making opportunities for people to live well locally


A new guide on how to create a 20-minute neighbourhood has been published by Dr Husam Al Waer, Reader in Sustainable Urban Design at…

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Introduction to Alessandro Venerandi and his arrival to PLACE LOGIC

Introduction to Alessandro Venerandi and his arrival to PLACE LOGIC


Meet Alessandro Venerandi, a Senior Spatial Analyst in Technical Development, and the newest member of the PLACE LOGIC team. Alessandro Venerandi is a KTP…

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