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architecture & urbanism
Research is fundamental to the studio. Research cultivates and refines our decisions and how we practice. We also use research to inform and debate future policies.
The Z Factor:
The compact city as vertical expression within high rise buildings
Is it possible to generate a high rise ’compact vertical city’ that makes work, leisure, living and all other aspects of our life’s in high rise buildings more pleasant, and which duplicates, the same urban spatial experiences that can be found on the ground plane, thereby generating a new typology for the future of the city?
Human-Centred Approach in Urban Place Making
Human centred design is a framework that puts the ‘human’ firmly at the centre of the problem-solving process. The principles are also used in fields like customer experience, user experience & service design. It essentially about being empathetic to people – their needs, constraints, contexts, behaviours, and wants – in order to build understanding and make sure that designs solutions to cater to the people they will impact the most.
Movie Cityscapes & Skylines
How can the interpretation of the city that the cinema offers be of relevance to urban design practice
The paper establishes the connection between film and architecture, as experienced in the movies and as created by urban designers. How movies cityscapes and urban forms have become iconography for city branding, to create ‘destinations’. The representation of tall buildings within the movies, and the necessary urban design response to provide places and spaces for all. How advanced technology is changing the method of spatial experience and bring the two professions closer together
Define sustainable regeneration and sustainable communities
Outline analysis of the issues that sustainable development needs to address at the neighbourhood,district and sub-regional and metropolitan scales
An analysis of the different key theoretical models and strategies for environmentally sustainable urban design,.
Social Identity & Urban Criminology
There are four elements to a crime, a law, an offender, a target or victim and a place. When these four elements come together, a crime has been committed. A crime cannot take place without these four elements. There must be a law for an offender to violate; there must a target or a victim for the offender to prey on, and their must a place for this to happen. Environmental criminology is the examination of this fourth element, the place. This paper studies crime, criminality and victimisation as they relate to particular places, and to the way an individual’s social identity shape their activities spatially, and in so doing are in turn influenced by place-based or spatial factors
Urban Design Awards: A New Strategic Direction
The Awards commend and celebrate design excellence and innovation and seeks future leading, ingenious and inventive ideas from around the UK and internationally that push creativity from a range of scales of development from regional frameworks to public space and street design.
To create a built environment that is responsive to humans centred design; which is interwoven into the cultural fabric of the context and is a distinct merger of science, utility and art.
Discover: Involves speaking to and spending time with people who are affected by the issues.
Define: The insight gathered from the discovery phase helps to define the challenge.
Develop: Seeking inspiration from elsewhere and co-designing with a range of different people.
Deliver: Testing out different solutions at small-scale, rejecting those that will not work and improving the ones that will. Delivering the most empathetic design
The studio stimulate a culture of collaboration. All projects begin with a discussion with the client to understand the requirements, we listen to consultants and specialists to understand the constraints and use the information with lateral thinking and positivity to ensures that difficulties are acknowledged as opportunities.