Resilience and sustainability

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Paola Boarin

Paola's research activities regard environmental sustainability of the built environment, with a particular interest for integrated design strategies and technologies for improving energy efficiency and environmental quality of existing and historic buildings and urban centres (with a focus on school buildings, social housing, and historic villages). Her research interest are also in the field of energy and environmental assessment of buildings, with a focus on Post-Occupancy Evaluation and international rating systems.

Research interests: Integrated design strategies for building energy efficiency and environmental quality; Sustainable retrofit and preservation of existing and historic buildings and urban environments; International rating systems for environmental sustainability assessment at building and urban level; Indoor Environmental Quality and Post-Occupancy Evaluation.

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Emilio Garcia

The research of Dr. Emilio Garcia has been focused in the application of ecological resilience to urban landscapes. In 2008 he won a Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction. In the last six years he has been researching about resilience in relationship with compactness, adaptability, inequality, inheritance, and processes of persistence and change in built environments. He has written a book with Professor Brenda Vale, titled "Unravelling sustainability and resilience in the built environment," which was published by Routledge in 2017.

Research interests: Resilience, inequality and affordability; Resilience of compact and disperse urban landscapes; Adaptive change, transformative change and collapse in cities; Panarchy, adaptive cycles, thresholds, and multiple stability states in built environments; Measurement of resilience and heterogeneity of urban landscapes; Resilience and Inheritance.

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Stephen Knight-Lenihan

Stephen has a background in environmental science, working as a consultant until June 2010 when he joined the School. He gained his PhD in 2008. His research focus has been on how ecological principles influence decision-making, initially focusing on transport as a case study. His research focus more recently includes transitioning to low carbon economies, climate change impacts, catchment management and urban biodiversity, using resilience concepts as a theoretical framework.

Research interests: Climate change mitigation and adaptation at a local government level; Biodiversity offsets in urban environments; Ecological resilience and social-ecological systems; Integrated catchment management.

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Manfredo Manfredini

Consistent with his doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the technical universities of Milan and Berlin, Manfredo’s research focuses on the intersections between the historical, critical and projective disciplines of architecture and urbanism. It concerns both theoretical and empirical design aspects of the modern and contemporary periods of continuous change within social, cultural and technological frameworks. His study areas, including both fundamental and applied research, are articulated along complementary axes, addressing transitions in public space, evolution of building typology and morphology, advances in sustainability and resilience in architecture and urbanism, and contemporary design education.

Research interests: Public space transitions: form and meaning, borders and armatures, enclaves and networks, illusion and displacements in the spatial transitions from the consumerist to the post-consumerist ages; Urban regeneration: recombinant urban processes and post-typological architecture in rapidly evolving historical cities; Architecture as social morphology: processes of differentiation, hybridisation and incrementalism of type, form and identity between modernity and post-modernity; Sustainability in architecture and urbanism: technological frameworks and environment, energy, resilience and preservation in architecture and urbanism.

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Ferdinand Oswald

Dr. Ferdinand Oswald's research focuses on two main research fields and climate zones.

First: Sustainable and energy efficient façade and building technologies and low-tech architecture in cold and moderate climate regions.
Second: Increasing comfort and reducing the utilisation of air conditioning in subtropical and tropical climate regions with passive cooling methods.

Early research experience involved the development of sustainable building projects e.g. passive houses. Realizing 2007 the first German apartment block in “Passive House Standard” as project head architect with Stefan Forster Architects in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Using EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system) in this project as a non-reusable, non-recyclable and non-separable facade component leads to the development of a follower of this system. Outcomes from this research in the last ten years, is the research development, grants of patents, pre-certification testing’s and product publication of the façade system “StoSystain R”, the world first recyclable façade system with reclosable fastener fixation.

Research interests: Construction Detailing and Building Technologies; Facade Design Strategies; Optimizing Natural Ventilation; Low -Tech architecture; Reuse; recycling and separability of building components.

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Alessandro Premier

Alessandro's research activities are focused around the architectural integration of advanced technologies and materials for the building envelope. His investigation is aimed at combining high performances and architectural design through the identification and application of design practices for sustainable outcomes. He is interested in how buildings respond to the environment and to the users. The research outcomes are targeting urban regeneration and building retrofit strategies for improving the environmental quality of buildings and places. Alessandro is specialised in the architectural integration of lightweight façade claddings, textile materials, solar shading devices and renewable technologies.

Research interests: advanced façade design; responsive architecture; smart materials; building retrofit; urban regeneration; sustainable design strategies and innovation; green building design; colour and light design for wellbeing.

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Marjorie van Roon

Marjorie’s focus: designing/managing environments to minimise changes to hydrological, sedimentary and ecological regimes. Past research: assessment and prediction of water quality of the Upper Waitemata Harbour following urbanisation: heavy metal pollution from stormwater inputs to the Manukau Harbour. Current research: receiving water and ecological efficacy of Low Impact Urban Design and Development/Water Sensitive Design. Paired catchment investigations compare the ecological state of traditional versus water sensitive residential developments.

Research interests: Low Impact Urban Design and Development (LIUDD); Water Sensitive Design and green infrastructure uptake; The aquatic ecosystem health improvement from LIUDD/Water Sensitive Design implementation in residential Auckland; Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem management and restoration; Integrated catchment (watershed) management; Coastal management.

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