Thesis Title: Making Deleuze useful to planning: a case study of BRE assessments
Primary Supervisor: Dr Neil Harris
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Richard Cowell
Starting Date: January 2012
Completion Date: December 2014
Funding Source: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Studentship
- MSc Social Science research methods (2011)
- Postgraduate qualification in architectural practice: RIBA part 3 (2006)
- DipArch Architecture: RIBA part 2 (2004)
- BA(Hons) Architecture: RIBA part 1 (2001)
Gareth has over 8 years professional experience working as an architect and master-planner on projects at very different scales, sectors and stages of development. This experience includes designing and realising highly specialist schemes such as Catholic colleges, SEN schools, Church renovations, 5-star hotel / restaurants, refurbishment of listed buildings, structural glass staircases and luxurious apartments.
Prior to starting his PhD, Gareth undertook an internship with the Welsh Government researching into the WG’s proposals for the electrification of the valley line in South Wales.
Memberships / External activities
- Member of the Architects Registered Body (ARB)
- Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
- Voluntary planning advisor to Plumley, Toft and Bexton Parish Council
Areas of research interest
- The relationship between Deleuze’s philosophy and spatial design/assessment practice
- Assessment methodology
- Design methodology
- European spatial planning: particularly the use of policy concepts
This thesis considers whether some of Deleuze’s most abstract philosophical concepts can be made useful to the assessor, planner, masterplanner or architect sat at their desk and drawing board. And, if so, what is needed to make this transition, and what new practicable tools might result from this line of enquiry.
Articles, books and working papers
Abrahams, G (2013) 'What is territorial cohesion? What does it do?: essentialist versus pragmatic approaches to using concepts.' European Planning Studies. Available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09654313.2013.819838#.UlQ9Xn9wbmI [Last accessed: 09/10/2013].
Hillier, J; Abrahams, G (2013) Deleuze and Guattari: Jean Hillier in Conversation with Gareth Abrahams. Book series, AESOP Publications. Available online: http://www.aesop-planning.eu/downloads/Other/en_GB/2013. [Last accessed: 09/10/2013].
Abrahams, G (2013) 'Will the VLE strategy reduced the barriers to employment for the economically inactive living in the poorest parts of the Valleys?' Policy paper. Available online: http://wales.gov.uk/aboutresereach/latestresearch/valley-line-electrification-reduce-barriers-employment-economically-inactive-poorest-valleys/?lang=en [Last accessed: 29/07/2013].
Abrahams, G; Skyes, O (2014) '“It Just Goes With the Territory!” - Context dependency, pragmatism and European spatial policy concepts'. Forthcoming paper to be presented at the Associated of European Schools of Planning International Conference, 2014, held in Utrecht/Delft, Holland.
Abrahams, G (2013) 'Engaging in complex spaces: drawing on two Deleuze-inspired voices'. Paper presented at the Deleuze Studies International Conference, 2013, held in Lisbon, Portugal.
Abrahams, G (2012) 'What is territorial cohesion?...'. Paper presented at the Associated of European Schools of Planning International Conference, 2012, held in Ankara, Turkey.