The theory component of the MA Urban Design at UEL is ‘hands on‘ and it works in close collaboration with the design component. A lot of urban issues are difficult to explore purely on a visual basis. This has to do with the abstract level of scale and complexity. For example, we can do models of buildings and they will partly tell us spatial and social relationships. In urban design that is different. We can do models of a city, but it is not that easy to understand the underlying forces, that are shaping cities. Concerning issues like migration or globalization, physical models might tell us very little. We have to read, write and talk, to gain a more holistic understanding of urban issues.

Students attend weekly lectures on distinct urban topics, followed by seminars. The fields of studies range from urban history, theory, interpretation and practice to science. Invited guests from different backgrounds enrich the course with diverse talks. We explore complexities of cities through discussions, writings, readings, lectures, drawings, student presentations, movies and excursions.

The theory component is assessed through ongoing course work and an essay on an urban topic that the students select and research themselves. The studies in urban theory are set up to help articulate a critical context and vision for students’ Design and Thesis work.

The MA Urban Design theory component welcomes Masters students and also all UEL MArch (ARB/ RIBA Part 2) students, in Semester A and B. Masters students attend the full lenght of the theory component with 2 x 10 teaching days and produce a 4000- 5000 word essay, in preparation for their thesis work. MArch (ARB/ RIBA Part 2) students attend 1 x 10 teaching days, either in Semester A or B according to their MArch level, and produce also a 4000- 5000 word essay.

For a selection of writings please visit www.ma-ud-writing.blogspot.com


Downtown Toronto from the essay "Walking the Grid" by Kristina Fescenko, 2012

Theory Lecture Series

Semester A "Introduction to Cities and Urbanisms"

Theories and Cities
Lecture: "Emergence of First Cities and Agglomerations"
Synoikismos - synergies of being together - case study Çatal Hüyük/ Turkey

Resource Material:
Jacobs Jane, Economy of Cities (Random House, 1969).
Soja Ed, Postmetropolis, Critical Studies of Cities and Regions (Blackwell Publishers, 2000) pp 1-49.


Cityspace
Lecture: "From Urban Imagination to a Global Condition" Definitions and Scope of Cities
Collective and individual perception and consciousness

Resource Material:
Borges Luis Jorge, The Aleph (Bantham Books, 1971).
Soja Ed, Thirdspace (Blackwell Publishers, 1996) pp 54-60.


Reading the City Through It’s Materiality
Workshop in Soho, introduction to materiality in urban space
Reading visible and invisible layers of urban environments through its materiality, surface-texture, form and particularity of structural and spatial details
Resource Material:
Pérez de Arce Rodrigo 2005, “Material Views”, UEL
Zumthor, Peter, Thinking Architecture (Baden – Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 1997).


Essay Writing Lecture
Writing Essays and Thesis Works
Methodology and Structure of Writing
Resource Material:
Borden, Ian and Katherina Rüedi Ray, The Dissertation, an Architectural Student’s Handbook (London: Architectural Press, 2000).

The essay writing lecture is followed by weeks of individual teaching, where each student has 1:1 tutorials for their essay topic of their choice.


Topographies and Technologies
The Particularity of Context
Case studies of London, New York/ Manhattan as well as Ghats of Varanasi/Benares in India and the work of Jorge Mario Jauregui Architects in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil www.jauregui.arq.br

Resource Material:
Leatherbarrow D., Topographical Stories (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005).
Leatherbarrow D., Uncommon Ground (Cambridge Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2000).
Kostof Spiro, The City Shaped (London: Thames and Hudson, 1991).
Koolhaas Rem, Delirious New York (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 1978).


London and the East
London and time-based geographies, geographic shift, localising Globalisation
Life, decline and regeneration of London’s Docklands
Thamesmead, a New Town in London, 2012 Olympic Games, 45 000 new homes for the Thames Gateway and the East London Green Grid www.designforlondon.gov.uk/projectELGG.html

Resource Material:
Pérez de Arce Rodrigo, “Time a Builder” - and others (London: UEL, 2005).
Naib Al, Discover London Docklands (London: Ashmead Press, 1996).
Robbins Edward, Thinking Space/ Seeing Space: Thamesmead Revisited (Urban Design International, 1996).
Bird Jon, “Mapping the Future - Dystopia on the Thames” (London: Routledge, 1993).
Glancey Jonathan, “The Thames Gateway: here be Monsters” (London: The Guardian, 2003).


Urban Revolution and Modernity
Industrial city: Manchester and London, rapid urbanisation and inequalities
Imperial city: Regent Park and Street by John Nash, Haussmann’s Paris
Garden City: Urban escape and suburbanisation
Modernism: Le Corbusier, another urban escape, social and spatial design
Film Metropolis, mother city, city of cities in a machine age

Resource Material:
Sennett Richard, Flesh and Stone (Faber and Faber, 1994) Chapter 10.
Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture (Dover 1931/1986).
Kostof Spiro, The City Shaped (London: Thames and Hudson, 1991).
Film: Metropolis (UFA, dir. Fritz Lang, Berlin 1927).


Urban Sociology
City as empirical and theoretical subject in social sciences,
Introduction to cities and the development of urbanisms
Habits and modes of behaviour, pattern of thought and perception, urban consciousness and culture

Resource Material:
Giddens Anthony, Sociology (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1997)pp 1-16, pp 469-500.
Steuer Max, “Introduction to Social Science” (London: LSE, 1999).
Sennett Richard, “The Art of Making Cities” (London: LSE, 2000).
Simmel Georg, “The Metropolis and Mental Life” (1903) Lin Jan and Mele Christopher, (eds), The Urban Sociology Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 2005) pp 23-31.
Film: Cities are places, where things happen simultaneously - “Symphony of a Großstadt” one day in Berlin in the 1920’s


Walk along the City of London Fringe
Space and Time, walking and learning, Cities in a City
Walk from Liverpool Street Station to the Barbican Centre
Resource Material:
Careri, Francesco, Landscape Series, Walkscapes, Walking as an Aesthetic Practice (Barcelona: GG Gustavo Gili, 2005).
Clout, Hough, (ed), (Mapping) History of London (London: The Times, Harper Collins Publishers, 2004
Hebbert, Michael, London (Chichester: Wiley, 1998).


Urban Morphology
Urban form and social life
Figure grounds and other dimensions
The work of Eduardo Chillida: Concepts of space, outside and in-between
Different methods and degrees of planning – global and local forms of analysis and planning
Case study Spacesyntax/ London and Jahn Gehl/ Copenhagen

Resource Material:
Kostof Spiro, The City Shaped (London: Thames and Hudson, 1991).
Lynch Kevin, A Theory of Good City Form (Cambridge Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1981).
Gehl Jahn & Gemzoe Lars, Public Spaces – Public Life (Copenhagen: The Danish Architectural Press, 1999).
Gehl Jan, Life Between Buildings, Using Public Space (Copenhagen: The Danish Architectural Press, 2006).
Hillier Bill, “The Common Language of Space” (London: www.spacesyntax.com, 1996).



Semester B "Alternative Urbanisms in Contemporary Cities"

Urban Sustainability 1 – Planning and Strategies
Sustainability and Agenda 21 – Habitat, Rio de Janeiro Conference 1992
Social, economic and environmental aspects in urban planning and design
Long-term and short-term concepts of interests and conflicts
Rational and intuition - tectonics and tolerance

Environmental impact assessment, ecological footprint calculation, global and local analysis and assessment.
Student workshop “Network Matrix in Analysis and Planning Strategies”
Presentation of Project in Berlin Buch

Resource Material:
Houghton Graham & Hunter Colin, Sustainable Cities (London, 1994).
Ruano Miguel, Eco-Urbanism: Sustainable Human Settlements (Barcelona, 1999).
Rogers Richard, Cities for a Small Planet (London, 1997).
Rogers Richard & Power Anne, Cities for a Small Country (London: Faber and Faber, 2000).


Urban Sustainability 2 – Density
Lecture : "Density" - Definitions of densities and cities, measuring densities - global, urban and architectural scale.
Geo-strategies, location, access and transport. Land-use, density, large and small scale strategies. Building production and materials.
Case studies from Kowloon, Walled City – Hong Kong, China to Iroko/ Southbank in London.

Resource Material:
Urban Task Force Report, Towards an Urban Renaissance (London: Department of Environment Transport and Regions, 1999).
Institution of Civil Engineers, A Vision for Transport 2020 (London, 1997).
MVRDV, Farmax, Excursions on Density (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 1998).


Reconsidering Mass and Planning – Paris and London
Urban design and housing developments in London from early expansions in the 19th century to rapid growth and inner urban restructuring
20th century urban developments, Fordism, mass and Modernity
Restructuring London and Paris, same social approach different spatial solution
Reconsidering mass and planning
Film La Haine and the banlieues - suburbs of Paris
Film London (BFI, dir. Patrick Keiller, 82 min, UK 1993).

Resource Material:
Piano Renzo, “Periphery and Cities” (London: The Guardian, 2005).
Power Anne, Hovels to Highrise, (London and New York: Routledge, 1993) “Britain and France”.
Film: La Haine (Studio Canal, dir. Mathieu Kassovitz, 93 min, France 1995).


Neoliberalism and Space – London since the 1980’s
"Magic of the Market"
Boom and Bust economies in globalised financial markets
London in an age of global inequality
Film London and the 80’s and early 90’s

Resource Material
Harvey David, A Brief History in Neoliberalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
Soja, Ed, Postmetropolis, Critical Studies of Cities and Regions (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000).
Film: London (BFI, dir. Patrick Keiller, 82 min, UK 1993).


Urban Infrastructure and Technologies
Environmental and technical aspects in urban design, Urban efficiency
Public and private urban infrastructure and technology
Water in different forms and management: rain-, grey-water and others
Energy in different forms and management: gas, electricity, and others
Natural- and thermal wind, ventilation
The beauty of services and a consciousness of collective networks and utilities
Film Hope in a Megacity on Curitiba/ Brazil a city in an age of rapid urbanisation
Film Caracas – The Informal City on Barrios d’Invasion Venezuela

Resource Material:
Urban Task Force Report, Towards an Urban Renaissance (London: Department of Environment Transport and Regions, 1999) Chapter 2-3.
Waught David, Geography an Integrated Approach (London: NT, Third Edition, 2002).
Film: Hope in a Mega City – The Brazilian Model Curitiba (BLBP, dir. Andreas Weiß, 29 min, Germany 1995).
Film: Caracas – The Informal City (Submarine, VPRO, dir. Rob Schröder, 49 min, NL 2007)


Spatial and Social Control
Destruction of public space and urbanism of fear, mechanisms of control. Ghettos, gated communities and identity.
Case Studies: Jewish Ghetto in Venice and Gated Communities around Limehouse Basin in East London
Excursion: The gated communities at Limehouse Basin.

Resource Material
Sennett Richard, Flesh and Stone (Faber and Faber, 1994) Chapter 10.
Soja Ed, Postmetropolis, Critical Studies of Cities and Regions, Carceral Archipelago (Blackwell Publishers, 2000) pp 298-322.


Contemporary Urban Design Projects
Critical student presentations
RAK Gateway/ UAE by OMA, Rem Koolhaas
Masdar/ Abu Dhabi, by Norman Foster
Stratford City, ARUP
Dongtan/ China, ARUP
Vindyadhar Nagar - Jaipur/India, Balkrishna Doshi


Community Participation – Designing in Participation
Collaborative Design, Individual and collective interests and conflicts – who is the client?
Practices and tools of community participation and self-organisation
Planning and designing, decision making, building and management
Crimson - welcome into my backyard
Transformation of an urban block, “Goat Yard” in Berlin/ Germany
Planning of “Reese” Barracks Conversion through community workshops in Augsburg/ Germany
Open City in Chile, a polis of poetics, thought, landscape and architecture
Elemental Chile, a case study from Latin America

Resource Material:
Crimson, WiMBY! Welcome into My Backyard! (NAi Publishers, 2000).
Pérez de Arce Rodrigo, Valparaiso School, Open City Group (Basel, Boston and Berlin: Birkhäuser, 2003).


Frameworks - Designing for Participation
Social and spatial concepts of participation and alternative housing.
Bottom up as small and large scale strategy.
Case Studies: from Frei Otto to NY 1916 Zoning Law.
Collective Property and Owner Associations in Südstadt/ Tübingen Germany

Resource Material:
Ribbeck E., Informal Modernism - Spontaneous Building in Mexico-City (Heidelberg: AWF-Verlag, 2002).


Urban Visions and Politics - Legal Frameworks
Large scale: central and local government
Planning devices, strategy, masterplan and UDP (Unitary Development Plan)
GLA (Greater London Authority) “The Draft London Plan” and “Housing for a Compact City”
Small scale: city builder and sites within cities
Urban blocks, plot-ratios, party walls, envelopes, number of floors and heights
Quality guidelines and design handbooks
Guest lecture by Dominic Church (Senior Policy Advisor, CABE - Commission for Architecture and Build Environment) on “Government, Policy and the City”

Resource Material:
Urban Task Force Report, Towards an Urban Renaissance (London: Department of Environment Transport and Regions, 1999) Chapter 8-9.
GLA, The Draft London Plan (London: GLA The Greater London Authority, 2002).
GLA, Housing for a Compact City (London: GLA The Greater London Authority, 2003).
MVRDV, Farmax, Excursions on Density (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 1998).


Place Making
Concepts of space and place, locating perception and conception of space and urban culture
Case studies of places through architectural and urban design

Resource Material:
Cresswell, Tim, Place - A Short Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004).
Reading: Richard Sennett, The Craftsmen (London: Allen Lane, 2008).
Christian Norberg Schulz, "Place" (London: AA Quarterly, 1976).


Time as a Builder
Implementation, Time and Process in Cities
Notations, Phasing and Implementations
According to Rodrigo Pérez de Arce "When the city can take care of itself"
Open End

Resource Material:
Halprin, Lawrence, The RSVP Cycles, Creative Processes in the Human Environment (New York: George Braziller, 1969).
Pérez de Arce, Rodrigo, “Urban Transformations” (London: Architectural Design, 4-1978).


Handshake Alley in China from the essay "Village in City" by Shinnosuke Hoshikawa, 2013

Academic Years

During the academic year, students participate in core lectures and seminars. In addition, invited guests give talks about a diverse range of topics.

2014-15

Semester A - Students

MA Urban Design:
Michael Denyer, Lucy Fineberg, Zuo Bin Go, Tom Green, Giuditta Martello, Su Vin Lau, Matthew Rust, Liam Woods

Theory Route MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2) 4th Year, Urban Design:
Dhiren Appadoo, Megan Barratt, Christopher Bishop, Stefania Chalakatevaki, Rosaleen Commettant, Ioanna Drakaki, Akira Imai, Sara Salim Karama, Megha Menon, Sagal Muhumed, Lim Tze Vonn

Semester B - Students

MA Urban Design:
Lucy Fineberg, Zuo Bin Go, Tom Green, Su Vin Lau, Matthew Rust, Liam Woods

Theory Route MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2) 5th Year, Urban Design:
David Adjei, Chiara Amato, Jason Boamah, Yi Ching Chu, Vasco De Mello Raposo, Stefania Solomos, Amir, Jafar, Nhu Thi Yen Le, Blaine McMahon, William O’Brian, Darren Scott Robertson, Ravjeet Virdee, Yankah Mitchell

Special Theory Lecture for the MA Urban Design

Architecture and Urbanism in India
Anurag Verma has presented a range of thinking concepts about perception and interpretation. He used these concepts to explore and illustrate India's urban and architectural history, from early Hindu and Mogul architecture to contemporary cities and buildings.

Anurag Verma has formerly studied Architecture at the TVB School of Habitat Studies in New Delhi and has taught at the University of East London and The CASS.

The lecture was organised in collaboration with Renee Tobe and the MA Interpretation & Theories.

2013-14

Semester A - Students

MA Urban Design:
Emre Calis, Soma Kareem, Fatemeh Rostami, Tendeseco St.Francis, Nurnuha Zulfakar

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Urban Design:
David Adjei, Chiara Amato, Maria Apostolopoulou, Jason Boamah, Yi Ching Chu, Vasco De Mello B. P. Raposo, Trang Giang, Amir Jafar, Nhu Thi Yen Le, McMahon Blaine, Darren Scott Robertson, Ravjeet Virdee

Semester B - Students

MA Urban Design:
Emre Calis, Soma Kareem, Fatemeh Rostami, Tendeseco St.Francis, Nurnuha Zulfakar

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Urban Design:
Ewelina Bogusz, Ghazaleh Borouni, Denyer Michael, Martina Favero, Kristina Fescenko, Zuo Bin Goh, Tom Green, Shinnosuke Hoshikawa, Matthew Joseph, Kingsley Koranteng Ipek L’Aimable, Guiditta Martello, Julian McIntosh, Daniel Morgan, Juliana Nikolova, Damian Picazo de Miguel, Jonas Prismontas, Jasneet Rattan, Sara Saeed, Loucas Stephanides, Oscar Barnabas Wokowu


Special Theory Lecture for the MA Urban Design


Mediating Modernism
Andrew Higgot, author of the books Camera Constructs and Mediating Modernism, talked about Architecture and Urbanism in Pre- and Post War Britain. The lecture had a focus on the ideas and reality of Modernism.

The lecture was organised in collaboration with Renee Tobe and the MA Interpretation & Theories.

2012-13

Semester A - Students

MA Urban Design:
Salahuddin Abdul Hakeem Abbas, Kazahan Muharam

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Urban Design:
Ewelina Bogusz, Michael Denyer, Martina Favero, Kristina Fescenko, Sammy Ghwedar, Zuo Bin Goh, Shinnosuke Hoshikawa, Matthew Joseph, Kingsley Koranteng, Ipek L’Aimable, Guiditta Martello, Elizabeth Mitchell-Yanka, Daniel Morgan, Hassan Mostafavi, Juliana Nikolova, Jonas Prismontas Jasneet Rattan, Sara Saeed, Loucas Stephanides, Oscar Wokowu

Semester B - Students

MA Urban Design:
Salahuddin Abdul Hakeem Abbas, Kazahan Muharam

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Urban Design:
Michael Adewole, Nazanin Aghlani, James Cattle, Michalis Christodoulou, Abdul Elmi, Tolulope Esho, Lucy Fineberg, Lucia Martinez Arias Calista Oppon, Maud Tisserant, Max Turner, Dean Williams, Liam Wood

Special Theory Lecture for the MA Urban Design

Marseille Mix
William Firebrace, author of the books Things Worth Seeing and Marseille Mix, talked about this diverse and contradicting city in the south of France. The lecture explored a wide variety of topics, from the history of Marseille to contemporary urban culture.

The lecture was organised in collaboration with Renee Tobe and the MA Interpretation & Theories.

2011-12

Semester A - Students

MA Urban Design:
Panagiota Georgiou, Khulood Nasaif, Thanh Que Nguyen, Farhan Salat, Ana Denise Teixeira, Agne Liskauskaite

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Urban Design:
Gassim Abdeldaim, James Cattle, Michalis Christodolou, Abdul Elmi, Tolulope Esho, Lucy Fineberg, Lucia Martinez Arias, William O’Brian, Calista Oppon, Mariana Pereyra-Pedrido, Maud Tisserant, Max Turner, Dean Williams, Liam Wood

Semester B - Students

MA Urban Design:
Panagiota Georgiou, Khulood Nasaif, Thanh Que Nguyen, Farhan Salat, Ana Denise Teixeira, Agne Liskauskaite

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Urban Design:
Nicole Ahmed, Chris Allen, Carrie Beasley, Sarah Bland, Jaz Chana, Matthew Collins, Clare Feeney, Hank Hendriksen, Bernhard Lim, Urszula Markiewicz, Lina Matagi, Jamie McKenzie, Tomo Ogata, Matthew Rust, Athina Sallam, Maurice Smith, Petar Uzelac, Miles Weber, Arianna Wellons


Special Event with the MA Urban Design

Meeting Christopher Alexander
The students met the architect and urban designer Christopher Alexander. He is the author of the books A Pattern Language and The Nature of Order, to mention a few.

According to Christopher Alexaner, the making of architecture and cities should be about wholeness. This concept addresses both a process and an understanding of an embracing interrelatedness. As such, architects and designers should engage everybody involved in making architecture as part of that wholeness, enabling a deeper participatory process of design evolution. This can be achieved by using tools or frameworks that a designer may develop, allowing an open and more appropriate process to unfold.

"If you don't love your project, don't do it. It has to come... über das Herz (from your heart)."


The meeting was organised in collaboration with John Worthington, Renee Tobe and the MA Interpretation & Theories.

2010-11

Semester A - Students

MA Urban Design:
Daniela Ellis, Agnes Liskauskaite

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Urban Design:
Chris Allen, Sallam Athina, Carrie Beasley, Sarah Bland, Jaspal Chana, Matthew Collins, Clare Feeney, Tom Green, Hank Hendriksen, Lina Matagi, Jamie McKenzie, Adam Obowski, Matthew Rust, Petar Uzelac, Miles Weber, Arianna Wellons

MArch:
Masayuki Yasuda

Semester B - Students

MA Urban Design:
Daniela Ellis, Agnes Liskauskaite

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Urban Design:
Leanne Ackrell, Nicole Ahmed, Koldobika Albistegui Sojo, Sara Alidadi, James Barrett, Philippa Battye, Zoya Boozorginia, Raudhah Borhanuddin, Ibrahim Buhari, Peter Dagger, Ben Doherty, Donal Egan, Jessica Hiller, Wanaburuoma Kejeh, Su Vin Lau, Bernhard Lim, Marina Matsi, Salvatore Noviello, Joshua Phillips, Stephanie Poynts, Lucy Ransom, Hee Kyung Sohn, Philip Wells, Mathew Whiffen, Kevin Widger, Amber Williams, Jonathan Wilson, Ahmad Danial Zahedi, Stefanos Ziras


Special Theory Lecture for the MA Urban Design

What is Nature?
David Buck, Programme Leader of the MA Landscape Architecture at UEL, explored in his lecture concepts of nature. He placed an emphasis on perception, making and time within post-industrial environments.

2009-10

Semester A - Students

MA Urban Design:
Konstantina Avgoustid Merianou, Bonny Cheta, Peter Croft, Brian Mallon, Richard Stevenson

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Urban Design:
Leanne Ackrell, Desariot Ademaj, Nicole Ahmed, Sara Alidadi, James Barrett, Zoya Boozorginia, Raudhah Borhanuddin, Ibrahim Buhari, Donal Egan, Jessica Hiller, Wanaburuoma Kejeh, Su Vin Lau, Bernhard Lim, Marina Matsi, Hirokim Matsushige, Salvatore Noviello, Joshua Phillips, Hee Kyung Sohn, Amber Williams, Jonathan Wilson, Ahmad Danial Zahedi, Stefanos Ziras

Semester B - Students

MA Urban Design:
Konstantina Avgoustid Merianou, Bonny Cheta, Peter Croft, Brian Mallon, Richard Stevenson

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Urban Design:
Stephanie Bryan, Aden Pui Hon Chan, Argyro Delikosta, Rory Lean, Darren Lee, Thomas McCaughan, Shufen Ooi, Daniel Rees, Nima Sardar, Tendy St. Francis, Bianca Thelmo, Robert Tillett

Special Theory Lecture for the MA Urban Design

Urban Housing
Eric Firley introduced his book The Urban Housing Handbook, Shaping the Fabric of our Cities that he co-authored with Caroline Stahl. He illustrated urban housing and planning principles from around the world.

Eric Firley has also written the books The Urban Towers Handbook and The Urban Masterplanning Handbook.

2008-09

Semester A - Students

MA Alternative Urbanisms:
Zaher El Afiouni, Sharmishta Ezhuthachan, Johanna Meehan, Colin O’Sullivan, Ritu Rai, Yemin Yin

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Alternative Urbanisms:
Lesly Cooper, Argyro Delikosta, Rory Lean, Darren Lee, Thomas McCaughan, Shufen Ooi, Lucy Ransom, Daniel Rees, Nima Sardar, Tendy St. Francis, Bianca Thelmo, Robert Tillett, Philip Wells, Mathew Whiffen

As an invigorating exception, the MA Alternative Urbanisms welcomes 5th year and MA students from MA Material Matters, in Semester A this academic year. Together, we explore cities and their inherent physical, structural and material appearance.

MA Material Matters:
Luis Brines, Elisa Recchia

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Material Matters:
Michael Adewole, Jesus Garcia, Junko Isekame, Sabrina Nicholas, Shota Uehara, Daniel Woolfson, Akira Yamaguchi
Guests: Jenny Gnadl

Semester B - Students

MA Alternative Urbanisms:
Zaher El Afiouni, Sharmishta Ezhuthachan, Johanna Meehan, Colin O’Sullivan, Ritu Rai, Yemin Yin

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Alternative Urbanisms:
Zehra Abidi, Ariadne Karapidakis, Chin Wai Lim, Marios Papaspyrou, Ashley Seaborne, Viral ShethElzbieta (Ela) Sidor, Richard Stevenson


Special Theory Lecture for the MA Alternative Urbanisms

Time a Builder
Lecture by UEL Visiting Professor Rodrigo Pérez de Arce about concepts of time in architecture and urban design. Rodrigo Pérez de Arce showed a variety of different case studies from around the world. In addition, he discussed student work in the light of time, phasing and implementation... "to the point when the city takes care of itself"

Special Event: Urban Coding - Symposium

2 Day Symposium CECA and MA Alterntive Urbanisms at UEL, 06-07.03.2008


Five Speakers on Urban Coding and Computational Urbanisms

Workshop on Urban Coding with Diploma in Architecture, MSc Computing and Design, as well as MA Alternative Urbanisms.


Prof. Lidia Diappi

Lidia Diappi is Professor for Urban Planning and Politics at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy where she is conducting research into growth models of urban planning.Professor Diappi has been employed various comparative computational processes to investigate urban sprawl and economic dynamics, using neural networks and cellular automata.She has just published her latest book Evolving Cities: Geocomputation in Territorial Planning and will talk about the synthesis of urban dynamics, economics and computational codes.



Prof. Dr. Paul Langley

Dr. Paul Longley is Professor of Geographic Information Science in the Department of Geography at UCL and acts as Deputy Director of CASA.

He was previously Professor of Geography at the University of Bristol and has also worked in the universities of Cardiff, Reading and Karlsruhe. His research is focused around the principles and techniques of geographic information science (GISc), with research applications in geodemographics, public service provision and urban morphological analysis.He has authored, coauthored and edited many books such as Fractal Cities (with Michael Batty) Academic Press 1994.


Paul Coates

Since 1991 he has been running the MSc in Computing and Design at the University of East London. In 2001 he and two previous students set up CECA, the Centre for Evolutionary Computing in Architecture www.uel.ac.uk/ceca. As head of CECA, he has recently been involved in collaborative research projects with EU partners defining a virtual campus for design education. Currently CECA is collaborating with London Boroughs’ through UrbanBuzz www.urbanbuzz.org in developing generative models of urban structure for urban design.


Christian Derix

Head of Computational Design Research at AedasR&D and Joint Director of the Center for Evolutionary Computing in Architecture (CECA) at the UEL AVA, Derix will show some analytical and generative computational models for urban design.

Through a collaboration with Professor Diappi, Derix developed a cyclic feedback growth model of an urban scenario avoiding the dichotomy between street, block and super-structure.

Christoph Hadrys

Architectect and Urban Designer, teaching MA Urban Design (formerly known as MA Alternative Urbanisms) and Diploma Unit 2 at the School of Architecture and the Visual Arts at the University of East London, Hadrys will show how urban designers use urban codes in analogue applications. Case study is a competition entry for a scheme in Berlin-Buch (Planungsgemeinschaft Hadrys_Kyrein). It was awarded Schinkel Prize in Urban Design 2003.

2007-08

Semester A - Students

MA Alternative Urbanisms:
Jane Clossick, Charlotte Harris

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Alternative Urbanisms:
Koldobika Albistegui Sojo, Chin Wai Lim, Marios Papaspyrou, Ashley Seaborne, Viral Sheth, Elzbieta Sidor, Richard Stevenson, Vasiliki Xanthopoulou

Semester B - Students

MA Alternative Urbanisms:
Jane Clossick, Charlotte Harris

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Alternative Urbanisms:
Andrea Kadour , Marco Leal, Michael Martin, Olalekan Ogundele, Colin O’Sullivan, Eleni Svirou Svyriadi, Kristina Tafa

Special Theory Lecture for the MA Alternative Urbanisms

Urban Form and Social Change
Guest lecture by Xochitl Benjamin on case studies from Hanoi/ Vietnam.

Alternative City Builders
Lecture by UEL Visiting Professor Rodrigo Pérez de Arce
Social and spatial concepts of participation and alternative housing. Bottom up as small and large scale strategy.

2006-07

Semester A - Students

MA Alternative Urbanisms:
Sharmishta Ezhuthachan, Kaanita Hassan, Anibal Puron, Tokushi Watanabe

Theory Route Diploma 4th Year, Alternative Urbanisms:
Zehra Abidi, Irene Benjumea, Jane Clossick, Caroline Hasiao, Andrea Kadour, Ariadni Karapidakis, Lardis Maria, Leal Marco, Olalekan Ogundele, Colin O’Sullivan, Steven Slade, Eleni Svirov Svyriadi, Kristina Tafa, Arnold Yussuff Obaro

Semester B - Students

MA Alternative Urbanisms:
Sharmishta Ezhuthachan, Kaanita Hassan, Anibal Puron, Tokushi Watanabe

Theory Route Diploma 5th Year, Alternative Urbanisms:
Tomotaka Funahashi, Charlotte Harris, Zoi Karagouni, Yoko Takahashi
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