about us

We work on city making by bringing together research, community participation and design.

We respond to the urban challenges of the future through a holistic approach: through research we analyse the urban process and identify strengths and weaknesses; through public participation we engage communities and stakeholders in the urban development process; through design we re-shape and re-programme the urban fabric creating sustainably successful places.

Each of our projects starts as a unique urban problem to resolve. Fusing expert research and public participation into the design process we provide innovative solutions addressing the socio-economic and environmental challenges our cities are facing.

Services

Our key service is an integrated research-event-design package that starts by defining an urban problem and ends by providing our clients with urban design and policy proposals. Within and beyond this framework we provide:

Research and consulting

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Spatial analysis of our design proposal on the town of Urretxu-Irimo, Spain.

Workshops and public events

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Students, graduates, researchers, and professionals, from 15 different countries participated in our “Berlin Unlimited” international workshop (Berlin, Germany, October 2014).

Urban design projects and studies

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Photorealistic view: Neapolis Coastal Zone, urban design proposal for national competition, Greece (2nd prize awarded).

Our story

Urban Transcripts was born of a desire to create a new tool through which to explore the city as a complex phenomenon in a participatory and cross-disciplinary way. It was initiated in 2010 as an annual programme of events such as exhibitions, conferences, and workshops, focused on, and hosted in, a different city every year. Our point of departure was to grasp and effectively communicate the complexity of the city through an “urban transcript” that becomes a basis for opening up city making to participatory and interdisciplinary approaches. In 2013, Urban Transcripts shifted its activity from an annual event to a multitude of projects on the city. In each of our projects creating a transcript out of a complex urban reality is what we see as the first step towards resolving an urban problem and generating successful solutions. The “urban transcript” has remained a central component in our pursuit to ‘read’ cities and propose new ‘writings’ on them.

Partners and clients

We are proud of our record of partnerships and collaborations with academia, local government, cultural agents, professional associations, and community organisations. We have worked with and for:

Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy   /   Provincia di Roma, Italy   /   Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Germany   /   Municipio Roma XI, Italy   /   University of Thessaly, Greece   /   Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece   /   Guerilla Architects, Germany   /   Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany   /   Universià di Pavia, Italy   /   UCL Urban Laboratory, United Kingdom   /   ESC Atelier Autogestivo, Italy   /   Booze Cooperativa, Greece   /   Collagelab, Germany   /   Performance Space, United Kingdom   /   Greek Association of Architects, Greece   /   Municipality of Monemvasia, Greece   /   Municipality of Sithonia, Greece


Urban Transcripts is a not-for-profit organisation registered in England and Wales as a private company limited by guarantee, without share capital, applying its income and property solely towards the promotion of its objects, and observing the statutory asset lock. Urban Transcripts is exempt from using ‘limited’ in its name. Company No: 07550729. Registered office: 13 Mildenhall Road, London E5 0RT, United Kingdom.