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Sustainable Urban Design Research Group

Investigating the recent phenomenon of urban design sustainability benchmarks in the global context


Professional practice education

Working in both the academic and professional spheres to educate built environment professionals.


Material matters

Learning from and adapting vernacular construction techniques helps to identify a particular sense of place in the contemporary world


Global Urbanism Knowledge Exchange

Working with various groups to explore and develop deeper insights and inter-disciplinary working methods.



The MA course in Sustainbility and Urban Design is a key source and testbed for exploring ideas through the practice of design.




Place Research Lab is an organisation dedicated to researching the concept of Place. We are interested in the phenomena of places and in exploring and valuing their complexities, rather than attempting to reduce them to standardised inputs for reproduction. Our objective is to define a distinct area of research that requires an interdisciplinary approach and is explored through a positive interaction between theory and practice.

Sense of Place is a phrase that has a universal currency, yet it is also an abstract concept. It defies rationalisation, relying instead on an individual's sensations, yet inhabitants of a particular place can often agree on what makes it unique.

A test-tube cannot contain a sense of place and so the world is our laboratory. Practice and theory interact with everyday life in this lab and our objective is the generation of knowledge in its widest sense.



PRL is recognised as a Research Group of the Sustainability Research Institute at UEL and a part of the London Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (RCE ESD) as a specialist in Place-based education.

Place Research Lab Community Interest Company no. 7650531

PRL 01/06/11


Place Research Lab was set up through
a collaboration between think place
and the University of East London as an
independent CIC to research a shared
field of interest