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RUDI: Resource for Urban Design Information

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Contact details
Dr Bill Worthington, Project Manager,
ERDC, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB
Phone: 01707 284166 Fax: 01707 284185

Ms. Catherine Tranmer, RUDI Resource Editor,
Oxford Brookes University Library, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP
Phone: 01865 483602 Fax: 01865 483998

Project description

as of May 8th 1997


RUDI is a significant multimedia resource for research and teaching in the field of urban design hosted on the Internet. The service provides material on urban design in the Western cultural context using text, high quality colour images, sound and moving picture elements. It is designed to be useful to students, academics and professional practitioners, and has the following ongoing objectives:
  • to build up a significant hypermedia collection on the topic of urban design, which includes the physical design, management, planning and use of buildings and landscape in terms of their relationship to public and open space;
  • to provide material and information of practical value to designers, academics and students, and thereby contribute to a better built environment;
  • to be dynamic and modify its content and service features according to user demand.

What does RUDI provide?

  • case study based examples of good practice, from individual projects to whole cities;
  • original articles and papers;
  • full text of Urban Design Quarterly (issue 53 onwards);
  • abstracts and details of other urban design journals;
  • bibliographies of urban design;
  • details of academic, professional and practice organisations;
  • diary of events;
  • links to other Web sites in urban design, architecture and planning;
  • full text searching and browsing facilities;
  • an electronic discussion forum.

Your help

The success of RUDI depends on the support of its users. RUDI is at the leading edge of urban design information and provides a showcase for good design.

If you have material on urban design - cases, film, stills, drawings etc - in any format that you would like hosted on the system, and would like the rest of the world to see, then please contact Resource Editor at Oxford Brookes who will be pleased to advise. This is your opportunity to promote your ideas and work, and it's free!

RUDI acts as a web site for the UK Urban Design Group which supports the project through donation of its journal and Source Book. This is an example of the type of collaboration we wish to establish.

RUDI Partners and Contacts

University of Hertfordshire and Oxford Brookes University

The project is managed and the RUDI server is built and maintained by the Engineering Research and Development Centre (ERDC) at the University of Hertfordshire.

Materials acquisition for the resource is the responsibility of the staff at Oxford Brookes University library.

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