Urban Design as Politics
Suitable as a PhD or Honours Project (can be adjusted to suit either)
Urban design is mainly understood as the activity of producing public and private space. It is not necessarily considered as a political activity. However, the design of public space is also a political decision about how people should interact, communicate, relate, or behave. Furthermore, urban design, especially that of city centers or other highly visible spaces, can be used as a political tool in the form of national representation or social activism. Urban design can also serve as a medium for public participation. Proposed or implemented projects can lead to discussions and negotiations about identity and meaning, as well as possible futures. Given this premise, there is a large scope for exploring and defining the boundaries, overlaps, and tensions between politics and urban design.
Contact: Dr Dorina Pojani