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.

Dissertation Examples:

Erdan WANG
The application and design methodology of open block model communities in China regarding territoriality and security.

Michael BRIDGEMAN
How did the London Olympics endeavour to create sustainable venues to avoid the white elephant effect?

Philip SHOTTON
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?

Ming IP

Sha Tin New Town – A study of the urban design theories and precedents that made the first New Town of Hong Kong a success

Bartosz ROBAK
From industry to culture-led regeneration and gentrification – manipulating image and identity for changing agendas at Bankside, London.

Ananya SUNEEL
Comparing the ability of public and private ownership in addressing the social, political and economic implications of privately owned public space.

Bridget EATON
The London Skyline – Understanding the city’s current planning policy and its effect on tall buildings – both at a human and global scale.

Emma HALFORD
Creative and Cultural Industries – The Role of Creative and Cultural Industries in Urban Regeneration: An Alternative Approach in Wales?

Aleksander WAGA
Language of Stigmatisation – A study of media portrayals and stigmatisation of the Aylesbury Estate and their role in public perception of social housing.

Jack COWDREY
Regeneration as a Metaphor: An Exploration into the Estate Regeneration Process and its Effects through Cressingham Gardens Estate.

Borum KIM
Cross-subsidy Funding Mechanism for Estate Regeneration – Case of Colville Estate in the borough of Hackney.

ANDREEA-IOANA CIUTAC
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.

Rebecca MAYO
Place-making or place-taking – Gentrification-induced hardships and social tensions on Gillett Square.

Jason MOORE
A Critical Analysis of Post – Katrina ‘Trailer assistance’, Provided by FEMA, in New Orleans.

Ahmad ALKADRI
Stripping Syrians From Their Identity- A Critical Analysis of Law 66.

Florin UNGUREANU
Towards a sympathetic intervention on Bucharest’s endangered buildings.

Maria HADJICHARALAMBOUS
Memory Reconstructing Place: Architecture in (re)generating a ‘Ghost City’ – Reconstructing Famagusta through Memory.

Katerina KOUROUSHI
Varosha: Architecture Storytelling through Montage.

John BETHAN
Avant Place – An examination into a place identity of paradox on the Irish border during a time of Brexit flux.

Isabel BAZETT
The issue of sprawl in the context of urbanisation and the potential for residential densification.

David SETH
The development of a sustainable city: The failings of Lloyd George Avenue.

Thomas EVAN
Revealing the Urban Identity of Cardiff Bay.

Oliver BURCHELL
Prior Approval and Designing to the Extrema – A case study on the effects of deregulation of English planning law.