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Urban Design (with the Landscape Institute)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at 5:30PM - 7:30PM
University of Newcastle, Planning Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU, UK
RTPI North East

Come to this free evening event focusing on Urban Design, held in collaboration with the Landscape Institute.

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Speaker : Ali Madanipour

Professor of Urban Design, Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), Newcastle University


Title of Talk: Filling the gaps, experimental interventions



The global economic crisis and the longer term structural changes in urban societies have created spatial, temporal and institutional gaps, which are sometimes filled by temporary and experimental interventions. This presentation critically investigates these gaps and interventions and their role in urban development and management. Temporary interventions may be used pragmatically, addressing the mismatch between demand for and supply of space, filling the institutional vacuums and spatial-temporal gaps as an interim measure. They can also be used in a transformative capacity, rethinking the character of urban space, developing a critique of the status quo, becoming a catalyst for change, a stepping stone to more stable arrangements, and facilitating experimentation and innovation in urban planning and design. These gaps and interventions are ambivalent in nature, as they can be used as vehicles for moving simultaneously in different political, economic and cultural directions. They amount to an approach to the urban space and its transformation, which is cautious, insecure, flexible, innovative, incoherent and contradictive, with considerable intended and unintended consequences for how cities are built and inhabited. What are the implications for the future of planning and design professions?



Ali Madanipour is Professor of Urban Design and the Director of Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. He has studied (MArch, PhD), practised, and conducted research in architecture, urban design and planning. In 2010 he was the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at Vienna Technical University and in 2011 the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg. His recent books include Urban Design, Space and Society (2014, Palgrave Macmillan publishers) and Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe (2014, Routledge publishers).

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