TRACK 06: Urban Design Quality and its Social Dimension


Track schedule

TRACK 06 I: Urban Design Quality and its Social Dimension

July 14, 2015
Session 1: Exclusion and inequality room: 105
Chairperson: Abdelwahab Mona  
Acute forms of social exclusion and boundaries’ redrawing. Urban design and planning implications and challenges De Leo Daniela (Italy)
Limassol’s changing public space: urban segregation and the role of urban design Kalli Andrew Andronicos (Cyprus)
Two squares: two societies Abdelwahab Mona (Egypt)
"Publicness" of a promenade within recent urban inequalities in Izmir (Turkey) Şenol Fatma (Turkey)
Gated communities. Case study of Wroclaw, Poland. Michalski Piotr, Wagner Magdalena (Poland)


Session 2: Contested space room: 105
Chairperson: Roberts Marion  
The question of public space: from ideology to real-urbanism Aharon Meirav (Israel)
Contested open spaces? Access and control issues in Tundikhel, Kathmandu Sengupta Urmi (UK)
Unsafe darkness from unjust buildings: correlation between stratification of hegemonic space using and harassment of civic safety in globalized cities Cheng Shang (China)
Gender relations in the night-time city: A case study of London’s West End Roberts Marion (UK)
Private practices in public spaces: a case for breastfeeding Stav Tamy (The Netherlands)


Session 3: Social cohesion and inclusion room: 105
Chairperson: Li Qing  
The research on the impact of the physical environment in the high rise residential complex on the local inhabitants’ meeting place Li Qing (China)
Research on the relationship between the accessibility to the public space of communities and the sense of community Hu Gangyu (China)
A case for reconsidering the inclusive urban design debate Ilie Elisabeta (UK)
Mass housing projects and disadvantaged children’s place use and preferences: The cases of Gultepe TOKI and Yatikmusluk TOKI in Ankara, Turkey Severcan Yucel (Turkey)
Accessibility to culture and heritage: designing for all Deffner Alex (Greece)


15:50-17:20 /updated/  
Session 4: Culture and identity room: 105
Chairperson: Banerjee Tridib  
Caught between Faust and Faux: development and city design Banerjee Tridib (USA)
Urban morphology and social representation: the case of modernistic housing estates Tittl Filip (Czech Republic)
The role of public space in the construction of an urban/collective memory: a case study of Kültürpark Durmaz Drinkwater Bahar (Turkey)
Harmonious spaces: the influence of Feng Shui on urban form and design Madeddu Manuela (UK)
July 15, 2015
Session 5: Collaboration and activism room: 105
Chairperson: Apostol Ileana  
Reclaiming inner-city railway stations as spaces for public life Apostol Ileana (Switzerland)
Reclaiming urban design as public enterprise: the Vance Avenue collaborative and urban transformations in Memphis (TN, USA) Raciti Antonio (USA)
The urban environment: a tool of human communication Bornberg Renate (Austria)
The politics of mixed use development: the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City (MO, USA) Ammerman Cynthia, Wagner Jacob (USA)
Bricolage urbanism for social cohesion. The case of the Athens City Centre Rodi Alcestis (Greece)


Session 6: Place-making room: 105
Chairperson: Nilsson Kristina L.  
Design of built environment for physical active inhabitants Nilsson Kristina L. (Sweden)
Vitality and social value of public spaces: a socio-spatial analysis in two urban squares in London Alzahrani Abdulaziz (UK)
Rethinking urban design processes in framing public places; The case of Western Harbour waterfront development in Malmö, Sweden Karimnia Elahe (Sweden)
Re-practise and re-theorise contemporary urban design Nucci Lucia (Italy)
Public spaces as the factor of urban identity, case study of Bratislava Vitková Ľubica (Slovakia)
July 16, 2015
Session 7: Suburban renewal room: 105
Chairperson: Ilmonem Mervi  
Imagining suburbia: reconstructing the image of suburbian housing estates Ilmonen Mervi (Finland)
Suburban renewal. Grounding urban design in a theory of urbanization Dehaene Michiel (Belgium)
What do cities really need to (re)generate? Re-conceptualizing urban regeneration practices as “Grafts” Scacchi Micaela (Italy)
There is more to it than meets the eye –  social effects of urban design in the context of rural decline Tietjen Anne (Denmark)
Urban design for urban equality: a better accessibility in the territories of marginality Amadio Irene (Italy)



TRACK 06 II: Urban Design Quality and its Social Dimension

July 14, 2015
Session 1: Urban form and structure room: 112
Chairperson: Mee Alan  
The urban space beyond its edge O'Connell Derry (Ireland)
Stable and unstable in the city. Meeting the limits of the coherent city space Burgerova Lenka (Czech Republic)
Urban porosity patterns for exchange in the city: the case of Europan Stratis Socrates (Cyprus)
Limits of population density for efficient public transport in mid-size cities Felcman Jindřich (Czech Republic)
Complex adaptive urban design systems Mee Alan (Ireland)


Session 2: Urban development and infrastructure room: 112
Chairperson: Heinrich Anna Juliane  
Educational landscapes and urban development. Contextual and spatial interfaces and linkages Million Angela, Heinrich Anna Juliane (Germany)
Urban design evaluation in public spaces of Bratislava Ladzianska Zuzana (Slovakia)
Spatial requirements on university sites of the 1960s and 1970s Mecklenbrauck Ilka (Germany)
Disintegration and reintegration of urban space in Lodz Pielesiak Iwona (Poland)


Session 3: Public-private relations in urban development and management room: 112
Chairperson: De Magalhães Claudio  
Private management of the urban public realm: the implications of contracted-out publicness De Magalhães Claudio (UK)
The relationship between POPS and Public Open Space System based on spatial autocorrelation analysis in Taipei City, Taiwan Lin Hsiao-Ching (Taiwan)
Reproducing 'Vancouverism' in Toronto: A comparative study of development management and design control in two Canadian cities. White James (UK)
Definite space, fuzzy chronology, the planning history of the 20C Street revisited Hebbert Michael (UK)


Session 4: Soundscape room: 112
Chairperson: Axelsson Östen  
Towards guidelines for soundscape design Axelsson Östen (Sweden)
Soundscape mapping in the urban context: a case study in Sheffield Margaritis Efstathios (UK)
Creating immersive soundscapes for urban open spaces Oberman Tin (Croatia)
Investigating the space recognition and soundmarks in open-semi open and enclosed spaces via semantic ratings Bora Zeynep, Yilmazer Semiha (Turkey)


July 15, 2015
Session 5: Becoming Local 1 room: 112
Chairperson: Sabine Knierbein  
Embodied practice and relational public space. Bridging critical social practice, planning and design through education. Knierbein Sabine (Austria)
How public are our public spaces? Lessons from Scotland and Finland. Varna Georgiana (UK)
Minimal resources: social endure and public space Morgado Sofia (Portugal)
‘Becoming local’ in Amsterdam: The synergy between creativity and city branding in strengthening local identity. Deffner Alex (Greece)


Session 6: Becoming Local 2 room: 112
Chairperson: Yigit-Turan Burcu  
Activist research and design towards an alternative urbanism and public space Yigit-Turan Burcu (Turkey)
Utopian social imaginary after Red Vienna? Spatial practices of critical urban actors in Vienna’s social democracy. Viderman Tihomir (Austria)
Görlitzer Park, Berlin Kreuzberg: reflecting on realities and the real Roskamm Nikolai (Germany)
Temporary public spaces in unstable contexts: practices, lessons and tools Mady Christine (Lebanon)



Track description

Co-chairs: Ali Madanipour, Marion Roberts

Urban design strongly reflects the values of contemporary society. On the one hand, the desire for social cohesion demands urban spaces that are accessible, open and democratic. On the other hand, society has been stratified and fragmented along the lines of income, age, gender, ethnicity and culture; and spatial and technological barriers have been raised to consolidate these gaps and differences. What should the role of urban design be? Can it rise to the challenge of creating democratic spaces? Can it help make spaces and places safer and overcome issues such as sexual harassment? How differences between are day and night produced and experienced? In what ways can urban design overcome the fragmentary social pressures such as privatisation, withdrawal from public space, and the emergence of virtual and gated spaces, without becoming an instrument of consumerism?