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THE ROLE OF OCEAN SPACE IN CONTEMPORARY URBANISATION
DOCTORAL THESIS NANCY COULING 2015

Pressure on ocean space for energy production, extraction of resources, residential, infrastructural and logistical development is increasing. Although research has shown that almost no part of the global ocean remains unaffected by human impact, as yet few architects are involved in this process and physical structures in the ocean seem to be determined by engineering and world market logistics.
The objective of this research is to propose a position for ocean spatial typologies within the contemporary urban debate in relation to networks, landscape, ecology and technology. Ocean activities characterized by a quantum shift in intensity, scale and technology will be the focus of the examination.
 
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the majority of spatial decisions about the ocean apply planning instruments directly comparable to those used on land.

Interaction with water in the form of planning implies particular operational conditions and responsible treatment of a valuable resource and a complex habitat. Which forms of urbanisation, and which planning strategies can be developed with the ocean itself as an “active” agent?

For papers related to this project, please see publications.
 
URBAN LAB +

“Urban Laboratory Network- Understanding urban dynamics, identifying future planning strategies and strengthening education and research capacities”.  An Erasmus Mundus Action 3 project

Teaching urban design in the increasingly complex and internationalised “urban age” is a demanding task. The Urban Lab+ project addresses this issue, drawing on the expertise and practical experience of eight established urban laboratories both in Europe and the global south (Africa, Asia, Latin America). Encouraging knowledge transfer between these geographical and cultural contexts in both directions is an important objective of the Erasmus Mundus programme, as well as “to enhance the attrac­tiveness of Europe as an educational destination and a centre of excellence at world level”.

The objective is to compare methodologies, promote exchange and develop new and more sustainable ways of teaching and practicing urban design. Each urban lab has recognized the importance of combining academia with praxis and broadening the urban knowledge base to include parallel disciplines and both public and private participants. These parameters will be investigated between the partners in more detail, under the thematic titles of:

  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Collaborative practice
  • Internationalization/Global Learning

Participating labs:

  • Urban research & design lab TU Berlin
  • Urban lab University College London
  • Laboratoire Bâle EPFL
  • Urban Design Lab University of Calabria
  • xlab Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  • Cubes Wits University Johannesburg
  • Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) Mumbai
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong

http://www.urbanlabplus.eu

 

PROCESS BIFURCATION AND THE DIGITAL CHAIN IN ARCHITECTURE
DOCTORAL THESIS, RUSSELL LOVERIGDGE, 2012

This thesis investigates the impact of digital technology on the methods of design and production in architecture. Through research of history, theory, technology, and methods, the work determines whether the current use of new technologies should be considered as iterative development of the architectural practice, or as a radically new paradigm.

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