The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) hosts a range of active interdisciplinary researchers who have published works focusing on environmental, social and cultural ecologies of cities.
Browse selected publications by research group below.
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- Urban Commons Research Collective (2022) Urban Commons Handbook. dpr-barcelona, Barcelona (De Carli, B. co-author)
- Mitchell, M and Tang, B (2017). Loose Fit City: The Contribution of Bottom-Up Architecture to Urban Design and Planning. Routledge, New York.
- Mitchell, M (2013). The Architecture of Three Freetown Neighbourhoods: documenting changing city topographies 2008-2013. Edited by Bo Tang and Shamoon Patwari. ASD Projects, London.
- Mitchell, M (2010). Learning from Delhi: Dispersed Initiatives in Changing Urban Landscapes. Edited by Bo Tang and Shamoon Patwari. Ashgate, Surrey.
- Mitchell, M (2010). Rebuilding Community in Kosovo. Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys.
- Mitchell, M (2010). The Lemonade Stand: Exploring the Unfamiliar by Building Large-scale Models. Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys.
- Bevan, A and Mitchell, M (1992). Culture, Cash and Housing: Community and tradition in low-income building. ITDG Publishing, Bradford.
- De Carli, B (2018). Micro-resilience and justice in São Paulo. In: Architecture and resilience: Interdisciplinary dialogues. Routledge, London.
- Frediani, A A, De Carli, B, Barbosa, B R, Comaru, F, & Moretti, R (2018). São Paulo: A pedagogy of confrontation. Informal building occupations in São Paulo’s central neighbourhoods. In R. Rocco, & J. van Ballegooijen (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Ahmed, N (2018) Proof of ecocide: towards a forensic practice for the proposed international crime against the environment. Archaeological and Environmental Forensic Science, 1(2). pp. 139–147.
- De Carli, B and Frediani, A A (2021). Situated perspectives on the city: A reflection on scaling participation through design. Environment and Urbanization, 33(2).
- De Carli, B (2016). Micro-resilience and justice: Co-producing narratives of change. Building Research and Information, 44(7). pp. 775-788.
- De Carli, B and Frediani, A A (2016). Insurgent regeneration: Spatial practices of citizenship in the rehabilitation of inner-city São Paulo. GeoHumanities, 2(2). pp. 331-353
- De Carli, B, Frediani, A A, Barbosa, B, Comaru, F and Moretti, R (2015). Regeneration through the ‘Pedagogy of Confrontation’: Exploring the critical spatial practices of social movements in inner-city São Paulo as avenues for urban renewal. Dearq, 16. pp. 146-161.
- Mitchell, M and Roca Iglesias, A (2019). Urban agriculture in Kathmandu as a catalyst for the civic inclusion of migrants and the making of a greener city. Frontiers of Architectural Research. (In Press)
- Mitchell, M (2018). The forest and the city: interpretative mapping as an aid to urban practice in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Urban Design, 23(4). pp. 558-580.
- Mitchell, M and Tang, B (2016). Live projects : innovating in the present. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching, 8(1).
- Mitchell, M and Tang, B (2015). Live Projects as Research: Tools of Practice Research in Making Architecture. In: Creative Practice Conference 2015: Making Research Researching Making, 10-12 September 2015, Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Denmark.
- Tang, B (2014). Towards a new architectural identity for Freetown : setting up the first free school of architecture in Sierra Leone. Edge Condition, 4. pp. 28-35.
- Tang, B (2014). Negotiating shared spaces in informal peri-urban settlements in India : the role of amenity buildings and the effect of the post-hoc introduction of infrastructure towards the creation of common places. Planum: the Journal of Urbanism, 2(29). pp. 28-49.
Practice research portfolios
- De Carli, B (2020) Change by Design: Imagining Equitable Cities, AAD Practice Research Portfolios, London Metropolitan University.
- Moxon, S (2012). Sustainability in Interior Design. Laurence King Publishing, London.
- Moxon, S (Forthcoming 2023). "Exploring the Urban Jungle: making space for wildness in cities.” In: (eds. Kokkiou and Malakasioti) Beauty and Monstrosity. Routledge, London
- Moxon, S (2022). "'Rewild My Street': a model for biodiverse, community-led urban redevelopment.” In: (eds. McVicar, M et al) Generosity of Architecture. Routledge, London.
- Clossick, J (2022). "A Place for Participation on the Old Kent Road." In: (eds. McVicar, M et al) Generosity of Architecture. Routledge, London.
- Clossick, J and Colburn, B (Forthcoming 2021) "Individual Autonomy and Urban Depth." In: (eds. P Lewis, S Costa Santos and L. Holm) Architecture and Collective Life. Routledge, London.
- Moxon, S (2021) Beauty and the beast: confronting contrasting perceptions of nature through design. The Urban Transcripts Journal, 4(1).
- Webb, J and Moxon, S (2021) A study protocol to understand urban rewilding behaviour in relation to adaptations to private gardens. Cities & Health.
- Moxon, S (2019) Drawing on nature: a vision of an urban residential street adapted for biodiversity. City, Territory and Architecture, 6.
Practice research portfolios
- Clossick, J and Brearley, M (2020) Advocating Industry in London: Audit, Reveal and Promote, AAD Practice Research Portfolios, London Metropolitan University.
- Clossick, J and Brearley, M (2020) Promoting Industry in Brussels: A Good City Has Industry, AAD Practice Research Portfolios, London Metropolitan University.
- Frost, C, Browne, J and Lucas, R, eds. (2019) Architecture, Festival and the City. Routledge, London.
- Temple, N, Piotrowski, A, and Heredia, J M, eds. (2020) The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture. Routledge, London.
- Temple, N (2020). Architecture and the Language Debate: Artistic and Linguistic Exchanges in Early Modern Italy. Routledge, London.
- Temple, N, Hendrix, J and Frost, C (2014). Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: tracing relationships between Medieval concepts of order and built form. Ashgate, Surrey.
Barac, M, King, J, Moreira, P, and Silva, E (2022) “Critical Conversation”. In (ed. Moreira, P): Critical Neighbourhoods: The Architecture of Contested Communities. Park Books, Zurich.
- Barac, M (2018). "Technologies of Belonging: Object Relations in the Architecture of Reconstruction." In: Building, Owning and Belonging: From Assisting Owner-driven Housing Reconstruction to Co-production in Sri Lanka, India and Beyond. European Union Publications and UNHabitat, Geneva.
- Fennell, S, Royo-Olid, J, and Barac, M (2018). "Tracking the Transition From ‘Basic Needs’ to ‘Capabilities’ for Human-Centred Development: The Role of Housing in Urban Inclusion." In: New Frontiers of the Capability Approach. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
- Barac, M (2015). "Changing Places: Navigating Urbanity in the Global South." In: Phenomenologies of the City: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture. Routledge, London.
- Barac, M (2014). "Spatial Misreading: South Africa's urban future seen from within a township shack." In: Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classes. Routledge, London.
- Frost, C (2019). "Architects, architecture and the city: some themes on the continuity of classical ideas relating to the Latin Middle Ages." In: The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture. Routledge Handbooks. Routledge, Oxford.
Temple, N (2021) “Lorenzo Ghiberti and Contested Views of Perspectiva in Renaissance Concepts of Space”. In: Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Mediaeval Societies, XXIX – Arabic and Latin Theory of Perspective. Edizioni del Galluzzo, Florence.
- Temple, N and Tracada, E (2019). (Re)invoking humanism in modernity: architecture and spectacle in Fascist Italy. In: The Routledge handbook on the reception of classical architecture. Routledge, London.
- Temple, N (2018). Festa della Chinea: tradition and the 'exotic' in Roman festival design - Italy. In: Architecture, festival and the city. AHRA: critical studies in architectural humanities. Routledge, London.
- Temple, N (2016). Envisioning geometry: architecture in the grip of perspective. In: Visioning technologies: the architectures of sight. Routledge, London.
- Temple, N (2015). Unfinished architecture: urban continuity in the age of the complete. In: The material imagination: reveries on architecture and matter. Studies in architecture. Ashgate, Surrey.
- Temple, N (2015). Architecture as the receptacle of Mitsein. In: Intersections of space and ethos. Routledge research in architecture. Routledge, London.
- Temple, N (2014). Rites of intent: the participatory dimension of the city. In: Cityscapes in history: creating the urban experience. Ashgate, Surrey.
- Temple, N (2014). Plotting the centre: Bramante’s drawings for the New St. Peter’s Basilica. In: Recto verso: redefining the sketchbook. Studies in architecture. Ashgate, Surrey.
- Barac, M (2011). Place Resists: Grounding African Urban Order in an Age of Global Change. Social Dynamics, 37(1). pp. 24-42.
- Barac, M (2007). Transit Spaces: Thinking Urban Change in South Africa. Home Cultures. 4(2). pp. 145-174.
- Frost, C (2016). Festival and tradition in contemporary Florence. Journal of Urban Culture Studies, 3(2). pp. 239-254.
Practice research portfolios
- St John, P (2020) Island: British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, AAD Practice Research Portfolios. London Metropolitan University, London.
- St John, P (2020) Newport Street Gallery, AAD Practice Research Portfolios. London Metropolitan University, London.
Latest news from CUBE
Major grant for London Met rewilding research
The research project, which seeks to increase urban biodiversity through transformative design for streets, has been granted over £58,000 by the Kusuma Trust.
London Met team hosts workshop at the acclaimed Design Museum
Thomas Aquilina and Beatrice De Carli led a workshop, ‘Silent and Speaking: A Workshop on Environmental Justice’ at the Design Museum last month.
Generosity and architecture
London Met academics Sian Moxon and Jane Clossick publish chapters in a new book exploring how generosity in architecture operates in, and questions, socioeconomic and political systems
The enigma of nature in the age of proto-globalisation
Professor Nicholas Temple will present his research at the next Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) Sessions event on 28 September.
Planted Unearthed: London Met academic to explore urban rewilding on environmental design panel
Sian Moxon will join the expert panel as part of the first contemporary design event and media platform promoting exclusively environmentally focused businesses.
“London Running Wild” sustainable design expert featured in Time Out magazine
Siân Moxon’s rewilding project receives coverage in the esteemed magazine, Time Out London.
London Met lecturer’s project featured in Designer Magazine
Siân Moxon’s Rewild My Street campaign profiled in prestigious design magazine.
Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency
London Met researcher, Siân Moxon is set to talk at an online climate event.
Understanding the urban commons
A two-day workshop will bring together researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences working on urban commons.
Ecological Dialogues: Perspectives on Art, Architecture and Design
London Met’s commitment to sustainability in education was reaffirmed with the relaunch of the Art, Architecture and Design Education Declares initiative.
Common Ground for Urban Inclusion
London Met co-hosted a networking event for academics, students and practitioners with an interest in migration, inclusion, and city-making.
Learning from Athens with ARCSR
Staff and students attended the international professional development residency where they engaged with narratives of Community, Architecture, Participation and Migration (CAMP).
London Met academic chooses top books on sustainable design
Architect, academic and rewilding expert Sian Moxon is also the author of Sustainability in Interior Design, which highlights the need for designers to adapt the way they work.
London Met students design new Pavilion for the National Forest
The winning design will be built next month by students from a local construction college, and used as an exhibition space about climate change.