The first book by sociologist Manuel Castels, The Urban Question, presented a rigorous understanding of the city as a product of societal, economic and spatial structures and processes. Urbanism is thus an intrinsically interdisciplinary field of research, in which architects, geographers, sociologists, local policy researchers operate. WSA’s own Urbanism Research & Scholarship Group similarly addresses a wide array of topics and issues. Here, we collate Dissertations addressing regeneration, gentrification, public space and more – a vast field, in which the physical is often secondary.
The application and design methodology of open block model communities in China regarding territoriality and security.
How did the London Olympics endeavour to create sustainable venues to avoid the white elephant effect?
The viable future of the diminishing Olympic brand-Understanding the role of architectural image building within the cultural reinterpretation of the Olympic Games. Is the Olympic brand still globally relevant to our experience of place?
Sha Tin New Town – A study of the urban design theories and precedents that made the first New Town of Hong Kong a success
From industry to culture-led regeneration and gentrification – manipulating image and identity for changing agendas at Bankside, London.
Comparing the ability of public and private ownership in addressing the social, political and economic implications of privately owned public space.
The London Skyline – Understanding the city’s current planning policy and its effect on tall buildings – both at a human and global scale.
Creative and Cultural Industries – The Role of Creative and Cultural Industries in Urban Regeneration: An Alternative Approach in Wales?
Language of Stigmatisation – A study of media portrayals and stigmatisation of the Aylesbury Estate and their role in public perception of social housing.
Regeneration as a Metaphor: An Exploration into the Estate Regeneration Process and its Effects through Cressingham Gardens Estate.
Cross-subsidy Funding Mechanism for Estate Regeneration – Case of Colville Estate in the borough of Hackney.
The Architecture of Postindustrial Beer – An Analysis on the Post-Communist Identity of Beer Breweries in Bucharest and its Impact on the Furter Development of the Adjacent Space and the Urban Tissue.
Place-making or place-taking – Gentrification-induced hardships and social tensions on Gillett Square.
A Critical Analysis of Post – Katrina ‘Trailer assistance’, Provided by FEMA, in New Orleans.
Stripping Syrians From Their Identity- A Critical Analysis of Law 66.
Towards a sympathetic intervention on Bucharest’s endangered buildings.
Memory Reconstructing Place: Architecture in (re)generating a ‘Ghost City’ – Reconstructing Famagusta through Memory.
Varosha: Architecture Storytelling through Montage.
Avant Place – An examination into a place identity of paradox on the Irish border during a time of Brexit flux.
The issue of sprawl in the context of urbanisation and the potential for residential densification.
The development of a sustainable city: The failings of Lloyd George Avenue.
Revealing the Urban Identity of Cardiff Bay.
Prior Approval and Designing to the Extrema – A case study on the effects of deregulation of English planning law.