Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (2010 – 2013)

Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) explores how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design, and how design-led actions might improve the built environment in the future. The research is based on the analysis of processes in four European cities: London, Oslo, Reykjavik and Vienna.


Lives on the Borderland: the sociospatial restructuring of a neighbourhood in Shanghai (2006 – 2010)

This project explores urban borderlands as the formation, negotiation, and maintenance of multiple individual and group identities under coexistence. On the example of a sociospatially fragmented district of contemporary Shanghai, the project asks how large-scale political and economic processes of urban transformation are experienced on the ground. Drawing on the literature in geography, anthropology and environmental psychology, it combines qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection and analysis. The study provides a phenomenological account on everyday life under coexistence under sociospatial transition in contemporary Shanghai.


Future City Systems (2016)

This is a collaborative project between the Manchester School of Architecture (University of Manchester/Manchester Metropolitan University) and Architectural Association. Complexity, Planning and Urbanism (CPU) and Emergent Technologies and Design (EmTech) will work together to develop novel approaches to research- and evidence-based architectural and urban design.