Urban design, spatial planning and place making

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Elham Bahmanteymouri 

Elham has qualifications in urban and regional planning and design as well as urban economics. She is an urban planner and urban economist with 16 years professional experience. Elham’s research is primarily focused on urban planning economics, economic of incomplete markets, planning theory, political economy of space and behavioural economy. She has particular expertise in the provision of urban growth management policies and the economic assessment of housing and urban development policies. Additionally, she investigates the causes and consequences of the failures of the planning policies. Through deployment of a Lacanian (post-)Marxist approach, her recent research is concerned with an understanding of urban phenomena, and suggesting better solutions to urban problems such as housing unaffordability and uneven urban development.

Research interests: Urban Land Economics, Urban Growth Management and Housing Policies, Planning Theory, Logic-Based Analysis of Planning Practices, Economics of Incomplete Markets, The Experience Economy, Smart and Sharing Economy, Pedagogy of Planning Discipline.

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Email: e.bahmanteymouri@auckland.ac.nz

Lee Beattie

Lee is an urban planner and designer with 21 years' professional experience. He has qualifications in urban planning and design, and environmental science. He is currently involved in a number of research projects considering urban growth management, urban design implementation issues and the role of urban design panels in a range of Pacific Rim (Australasian and North American) new world cities.

Lee is actively involved in the urban planning and design profession in New Zealand. He is a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute's Auckland Branch and a rotating Chair on the Institute¹s Membership Panel. He is also a member of the Auckland Council's Urban Design Panel, an Auckland Council Independent Hearing Commissioner, a member of Planning Quarterly (Journal of the New Zealand Planning Institute) and the Salmon Resource Management Act 1991 Editorial Board.

Research interests: Urban design; Urban planning policy development, implementation and evaluation; Growth management and urban design research; Economic development and housing issues.

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Email: l.beattie@auckland.ac.nz

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 is currently finishing the book "Unravelling sustainability and resilience in the built environment" with Professor Brenda Vale, that will be published by Routledge in January 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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Email: e.garcia@auckland.ac.nz

Kai Gu

Kai's research interests lie in urban morphology, urban landscape management and urban design theory and practice. Supported by the British Economic and Social Research Council, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Natural Science Foundation of China, his field-based research has been concerned with aspects of urban coding and planning, urban conservation, and planning and urban design in China. He is also interested in all aspects of contemporary urbanism and in comparative analysis of urban form, having completed such studies of cities in China, New Zealand, Italy and UK.

Research interests: Urban morphology and urban design; Methods of characterising and managing the urban landscape; Urban planning and design of Chinese cities.

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Email: k.gu@auckland.ac.nz

Errol Haarhoff

Research encompasses a number of fields related to urban design and settlement, and architecture and urban history of the modern period. Early research experience involved housing and informal settlement in the context of developing economies in Africa. Building on urban design expertise, more recent research has engaged with urban growth management strategies across new world cities in Australia, New Zealand and West coast North America. Of concern in this research has been the consequences of housing intensification and the delivery of liveable neighbourhoods and communities. Outcomes from this research have contributed case studies of housing intensification to the Auckland Design Manual. How intensification higher density enhances housing satisfaction was the focus of the research project, Future Intensive: Insights for Auckland’s Housing. Current research involves an evaluation of urban design review panels, and participation in a National Science Challenge: Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities. Research interest also extends to historic perspectives on urban design, including the Garden City Movement, Modernist urbanism and urban settlement and housing in the context of developing economies. Have supervised PhD candidates with topics that include: small urban places, urban agriculture, urban growth management, green infrastructure, urban crime and place design, urban design in new world cities, and digital media in place-making.

Research interests: Urban Design; Urban Settlement History; Urban Growth Management; Urban Intensification and housing; Modern Architecture History.

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Email: e.haarhoff@auckland.ac.nz

Asif Khan

Asif has been conducting research in urban planning for many years. His broad area of research is infrastructure planning. In the last few years he has focussed on travel behaviour of people, especially the students. He investigated the role of travel plans in educational institutions for achieving sustainable outcomes. He has used both quantitative and qualitative techniques in my research. The methods used under these techniques include questionnaire survey, interviews and focus groups.

Research interests: Transportation planning; Physical and social infrastructure; Public housing; Non-shelter outcomes of housing; Demography.

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Email: asif.khan@auckland.ac.nz

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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Email: m.manfredini@auckland.ac.nz

Mohsen Mohammadzadeh

Mohsen is an urban planner and designer with 12 years professional experience. He worked in both public and private sectors in Iran and then New Zealand. He has qualifications in Urban and Regional Planning and Design, and Civil Engineering. He specialises in critical urban theory, planning in late capitalism, planning and urban conflicts, globalisation and the emerging global cities, smart city and ethics of big data, transportation and infrastructure planning.

Research interests: Critical Urban Theory; Globalisation and Planning in the Emerging Global Cities; Planning and Urban Conflicts; Smart City, Cybernetic Technology and Ethics of Big Data; Transportation and Infrastructure Planning.

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Email: mohsen.mohammadzadeh@auckland.ac.nz

Dory Reeves

Dory's research specialisms overlap with sustainability, place making and pedagogy and Maori. They include work in the areas of social sustainability and sustainable urbanisation; gender and urban planning; planning for equality and diversity; inclusive planning; intersectionality and super diversity; preparing professionals to work with Maori; management skills for early career planners; academic literacy.

Research interests: Social sustainability; Gender and urban planning; Inclusive planning - applying intersectionality; Management skills for planners.

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Email: d.reeves@auckland.ac.nz

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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Email: m.vanroon@auckland.ac.nz