Spaces of Cultural Resistance: The Contestation Between Tradition and Colonial Housing Typologies in Southern African Townships - Zimbabwe (1894-2005).
My research investigates housing typologies introduced by the dividing policies of colonial segregation. Through an analysis of cities conceived on the basis of ‘colour lines,’ it will explore how colonial architects and town planners as agents of empire exercised ideological practices, bringing them to bear upon the practical needs of future occupants. The study will proceed to analyse the impacts of colonial archetypes on the native inhabitants and examine spatialities created during moments contestations between forms and occupant customs. Furthermore, the research will reinvigorate the disengaged discourse, between occupants as social organisms and anti-social industrial housing, developed during emergence of colonial industrial and factory systems. Here, as in other global urban locations, that were/are designed on the basis of segregation to enhance an elite groups power and wealth ; the thesis intends to identify solutions to these marginalised spatialities. It aims to show how the differences between cultural methods of existence and imposed architecture grounded in colonial ideological legislation, needed/need reconciliation to conceive coherent mechanisms that accommodate for changes in postcolonial urbanism.
Temporary City. Critical Approach to Temporary Urbanism in Post-Socialist and Post-Industrial Contexts
The aim of the PhD in Urban Studies and Architecture is to critically approach the concept of temporary urbanism and look if there lies an opportunity for triggering urban change on indeterminate landscapes that have emerged as a result of economic decline, reconfiguration of industry or change of regime.]
Central Lancashire New Town 1965-1986
From 1965 Lancashire, in the North West of England, became the focus of a major renewal scheme: the creation of a new ‘super-city’. The last and largest New Town designated under the 1965 Act, the proposed city, called Central Lancashire New Town (CLNT), differed from other New Towns.
Landscapes of Identity: Visual Mapping System – Place Identity – Ethnically Diverse City
This research argues that deterministic decisions to fundamentally evolve the planning and design process to accommodate the diversity and temporality of urban occupation based solely on conventional inventory and analysis are severely lacking in representing social and emotional aspects of place and geography (Toms 2010).
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