Project Details


The ‘Minimally Disruptive Urbanism’ project is coordinated by Professor Suzanne Ewing at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Professor Maria Gouda at College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), with Associate Professor Lily Chi at Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), Cornell University. Funded by UoE Global Strategic Collaboration Awards.

An exchange visit is planned in Ithaca in May 2024, working towards hybrid workshops for grant-writing in autumn 2024. Intended outputs include reviewed research proposals which scope and articulate approaches to the intersection of landscape and material systems with urban transformation, building towards large, interdisciplinary grant applications.

Layman's description

At the turn of this century the Catalan architect and urbanist Manuel de Solà-Morales suggested urban environments benefit from ‘small interventions, which create a ripple, not comprehensive development’. Two decades on, cities now house over half the world’s population and the health of cities has never been more precarious. This project focusses on socially and ecologically strained urban environments, and the capacity for small-scale tactical urban interventions to generate large scale ripples of positive change. The project will document the techniques and technologies that are delivering unobtrusive urban interventions and develop new knowledge about the impact of minimally disruptive urbanism.
Effective start/end date1/03/2420/12/24


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