The Urbanism Research and Scholarship Group (URSG) brings together researchers with a focus on the role of urbanism in the creative shaping of urban places and public spaces in cities of the global South and North.
The Urbanism Research and Scholarship Group (URSG) brings together researchers with a focus on the role of urbanism in the creative shaping of urban places and public spaces in cities of the global South and North. More particularly, the URSG seeks to develop a network of expertise in and across different areas of urbanism (e.g., forms of informal urbanism, transit urbanism, temporary and tactical Urbanism, and sustainable urbanism, among others) to promote knowledge exchange, engage with key areas of debate, and discuss impact/research funding opportunities. The URSG primarily serves as a connection between the Welsh School of Architecture staff members involved in urbanism-related research and/or impact projects and PhD students undertaking relevant research with a view to promote possible research collaboration and support. The URSG activities typically include research seminars, guest lecture series, funding application workshops, and impact events.
The group is primarily a forum for intellectual exchange and collaborative projects on various aspects of urbanism as an interdisciplinary, critical and engaged field of design.
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- Peimani, N. 2023. Exploring transit morphologies and forms of urbanity in urban design research. In: Kamalipour, H. , Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht, P. and Peimani, N. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Urban Design Research Methods. New York, NY: Routledge
- Peimani, N. and Kamalipour, H. 2022. Mapping the spatiality of informal street vending. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (10.1080/17549175.2022.2150267)
- Peimani, N. and Kamalipour, H. 2022. Informal street vending: a systematic review. Land 11 (6) 829. (10.3390/land11060829)
- Peimani, N. and Kamalipour, H. 2022. Assembling transit urban design in the global South: urban morphology in relation to forms of urbanity and informality in the public space surrounding transit stations. Urban Science 6 (1) 18. (10.3390/urbansci6010018)
- Peimani, N. and Kamalipour, H. 2022. The future of design studio education: student experience and perception of blended learning and teaching during the global pandemic. Education Sciences 12 (2) 140. (10.3390/educsci12020140)
- Kamalipour, H. and Peimani, N. 2021. Informal urbanism in the state of uncertainty: forms of informality and urban health emergencies. Urban Design International 26 (2), pp.122-134. (10.1057/s41289-020-00145-3)
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Rebuilding towns and cities after the destruction of the Second World War: retaining character and identity - or constructing it anew?
Invited Guest Lecture by Professor Peter Larkham, Birmingham City University
Date: 19 April 2023
Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Location: Bute Exhibition Hall
Using numerous examples and illustrations of plans, proposals and actual rebuilding, this guest lecture examines a range of approaches to coping with the catastrophe of war damage. The scale and nature of damage varied widely; more wide-ranging and destructive in some places than others, but catastrophic for all who experienced it. Responses at Government and individual city council levels varied, and there were some responses from local groups, media campaigns and even individuals. The ideas of "character" and "identity" are common in contemporary planning, especially related to conservation - but in the 1940s they were new, and indeed the idea of urban conservation was significantly spurred by the damage and some of the responses in the 1950s and 1960s. A key question is the extent to which the new concerns of postwar planning - new urban forms, infrastructure and Modernist architecture in particular - changed familiar cities, and what is being done with those new identities some 70 years later.