Papers addressing the design and planning of the built environment, emphasizing the interfaces between theory, practice and urban policy.

ISSN: 1755-0793
eISSN: 1755-0807

Aims and scope

Urban Design and Planning publishes international refereed papers addressing the design and planning of the built environment, with emphasis on the interfaces between urban theory, policy and practice.

The journal provides an interdisciplinary platform for critical discussion and debate that aim to address the complex nature of urban design and planning, and explore its multiple socio-cultural, physical, economic and environmental dimensions. It offers a valuable resource for all those concerned with the quality of the built environment such as urban designers, urbanists, architects, planners, landscape architects, and academic scholars involved in architectural and planning research, education and practice.

Topics covered by the journal sit at the intersection of disciplines (sustainability, urbanism, urban design, planning, architecture, and landscape architecture); the intersection of spatial scales including their core and periphery (Cities, Neighbourhoods, Streets, and Buildings); and at the intersection of theoretical and contemporary thoughts, policies, practices and applications in urban design and planning.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit original research articles, case studies, and critical articles on topics including, but not limited to the following:

  • adaptive and synergistic urban design and planning
  • case studies: success stories as well as failures
  • environmental planning and eco urban development
  • evidence-based decision-making in urban design and planning
  • future planning and urban design education
  • governance and political in urban design and planning
  • health and wellbeing
  • local identity, place character and sense of place
  • master planning and design code
  • participatory placemaking and co-production in urban design
  • physical, social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of topics such as; sustainable settlements and neighbourhoods
  • preservation, conservation and cultural heritage
  • property development in practice
  • streets design and public spaces
  • sustainable urban design and planning
  • tactical and temporary urbanism
  • the integration of concepts such as resilience and climate adaption into urban design and planning
  • the role of sustainability assessment in the urban design process
  • urban morphology, typology, and forms
  • theory and history of urban design and planning
  • townscape and aesthetics
  • urban design value
  • urban infrastructure and transport systems
  • urban regeneration, and
  • the new types of professionalism required to reconcile the conflicting demands placed upon urban design and planning


Urban Design and Planning journal accepts a variety of articles, from in- depth theoretical and conceptual-based research, to empirical and evidence-based research, practice-based research, contemporary thoughts and viewpoints from urban design and planning professionals, and book reviews.

  • Theoretical and conceptual-based research Can be up to 7,000-10,000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, diagrams, and list of references.
  • Empirical and evidence-based research: Can be up to 7,000-10,000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, diagrams, and list of references.
  • Practice based research: Can be up to 5000-8000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, diagrams and list of references.
  • Design Led/Focus Papers: Can be up to 5000 words with a focus on the design/image element of the project. High quality figures are essential. Please visit our Figure Guidance page for more help.
  • Contemporary thoughts and Viewpoints: Can be up to 1,500-3,000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, diagrams and list of references.
  • Book Reviews: Should be submitted by invitation from the Editor and do not exceed 2000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, diagrams and list of references.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit research articles if the following conditions apply:

  • The article being submitted is the authors’ original work
  • The article is not currently under review or submitted elsewhere
  • The article has not been previously published
  • All authors (and if necessary the client) have seen and approved the manuscript and have agreed to its submission to ICE Publishing. To determine whether your colleague should be listed as a co-author or in the Acknowledgement section click here
  • Any conflicts of interest should be declared on submission
  • All relevant publications that have been used in or have helped in the production of the submitted work have been cited
  • Permission has been sought and granted to use any figures included whose copyright belongs to someone else
  • Any suggested reviewers do not have a conflict of interest
  • Work funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is declared.

Urban Design and Planning operates a double-blind review process.

Awards: Each year, the paper rated best by the editorial Panel is given the ICE's Reed Mallik prize.

sustainable

This journal is aligned with our sustainable structures and infrastructures goal

We recognise the transformative power of sustainable engineering, design and building practices in creating a world where our planet and its inhabitants can thrive.

SDG 3 Good health & well-being
SDG 6 Clean water & sanitation
SDG 7 Affordable & clean energy
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
Find out about our sustainable structures and infrastructures goal