Urban Design

Craig Burton

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We share electricity: facilitating reduction in urban energy demand through social incentives and embedded networks

This is a cross-disciplinary approach to the challenge of reducing electricity demand to what is feasible for the transition to renewables. Social group cohesion theory and embedded networks for sharing electricity are proposed in a trial of shared local energy generation.  Group dynamics will be supported by new home energy displays deployed in to small neighbourhood groups of homes.  It is predicted this will bring about new norms for conservation as has been seen for Victorian water saving programmes.

Jonathan Daly

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'Out-Of-Placeness': Mediating Intercultural Encounter Through Urban Design

This research explores the role of urban design in supporting the urban life. As the contemporary Western city increasingly urbanizes through global migration, so the density of difference in the urban public realm also increases. This research is concerned with the role of urban design in mediating the sense of ‘out-of-placeness’ experienced by people from minority backgrounds. The aim of this research is to provide government and design practice with better information to design more inclusive public spaces in Western Cities.

Hesam Kamalipour

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Urban Informalogy: The Morphologies and Incremental Transformations of Informal Settlements

This research focuses on the challenge of understanding informal morphologies and incremental transformations through exploring multiple case studies of informal settlements and upgrading processes. Such an understanding is then a key condition to unravel the capacities of informal settlements to develop in consistency with incremental upgrading of standards and codes in terms of open spaces, pedestrian networks, constructions, and amenities. Thus, the study will investigate the ways in which environmental design professions can most effectively contribute to incremental transformation of informal settlements.

Yeekee Ku

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Investigate Urban Dynamic Phenomenon

In the shift to understand cities as ‘Complex Adaptive System [CAS], we realized that different types of investigation and approaches are required. Instead of one final ‘ideal’ optimized condition in the form of the static ‘Master plan’, we will need to develop a framework that allow our cities to change and adapt to unpredictable and spontaneous shorter-period phenomena. An informal settlement in post-conflict Phnom Penh, Cambodia was selected as a fieldwork to investigate the micro-structure that causes these dynamic changes.

Nastaran Peimani

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Transit Morphologies: Density/Mix/Access Synergies of Transit Nodes in Tehran

This study explores the synergies of urban morphologies within transit-oriented developments in order to understand how urban public spaces work in relation to density, mix, and access around transit nodes. Covering a broad range of urban morphologies, the research investigates different transit nodes from the city of Tehran to understand how urban morphology factors link together and work within transit-oriented developments. Hence, the emphasis is on the ways in which urban design can most effectively engage with the transformation of car-dependent cities in order to improve forms of urban life.