The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) hosts a range of active interdisciplinary researchers who are engaging in research projects focusing on environmental, social and cultural ecologies of cities.
Research projects and funding, 2020–21, 2021-22
Transformation Fund 2021–22, London Metropolitan University: £24,150, to develop a partnership between Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources and UN-Habitat, to develop interpretive mapping as an aid to urban practice and investigation in Northern Kenya.Partners: UN-HabitatPrincipal Investigator: Dr Bo Tang
Rescaling Fund 2021–22, London Metropolitan University: £7,550 to host a two-day research event bringing together scholars and practitioners working on the urban commons across the arts, humanities and social sciences.
- Transformation Fund 2020-21, London Metropolitan University: £19,800 to connect, extend and amplify the place-based research conducted over the last 12 years by Prof Maurice Mitchell, Dr Bo Tang and Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR), and by Dr Beatrice De Carli and Architecture Sans Frontières–UK (ASF-UK), in transitional settlements in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Partners: University of Sierra Leone; The Water Trust; Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, Njala University; ASF-UK (Architecture Sans Frontières-UK); Community Empowerment Support Organisation.
Principal Investigators: Prof Maurice Mitchell, Dr Bo Tang, Dr Beatrice De Carli
- Strategic Priorities Fund 2020-21, London Metropolitan University: £4,500 to develop a partnership between Architecture Sans Frontières–UK and the Royal Institute of British Architects to support and newly accredit ASF-UK’s Challenging Practice course.
Principal Investigator: Dr Beatrice De Carli
- Rescaling Fund 2020-21, London Metropolitan University: £1,869 to support Crossing Cultures, an international collaboration with the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.
Partners: City University; University of Warwick.
Principal Investigators: Sandra Denicke-Polcher, Prof Maurice Mitchell
- Rescaling Fund 2021–22, London Metropolitan University: £8,878 to complete Phase 1 of the Wild Ways study: a scoping review of the existing literature on urban rewilding behaviour, coded using the COM-B behaviour model.Principal Investigators: Sian Moxon, Dr Justin Webb
- Transformation Fund, London Metropolitan University: £9,945 to transform and expand AAD Cities into a centre for knowledge exchange, adding entrepreneurial and impactful capacity to its existing research production through robust online infrastructure.
Principal Investigators: The Cities Research Group – Dr Jane Clossick (lead), Prof Mark Brearley
- Strategic Priorities Fund, London Metropolitan University: £4,950 to support final dissemination, policy-engagement and impact step in the Southwark Audit on industrial land, undertaken by AAD Cities in Summer 2019.
Principal Investigators: The Cities Research Group – Dr Jane Clossick (lead), Prof Mark Brearley; Nicolas Palominos (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL)
- Kusuma Trust £58,232 to complete Stages 2-4 of the Wild Ways study.
- Transformation Fund, London Metropolitan University: £5,815, to support the first phase of a multi-stage project, ‘The Living Memory of the City’, conceived by the Ecological, Architectural and Civic Humanities in Design (EACHiD) research group.
Partners: Architecture Foundation; Eric Parry Architects; Academy of Urbanism, London; Gulbenkian Foundation; Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin Einsiedeln.
Principal Investigator: Prof Nicholas Temple
- Transformation Fund, London Metropolitan University: £13,886, to enhance the competitive capabilities and impact of our CUBE – The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies and CREATURE – Research Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement research centres, enabling a meaningful contribution to the public good; to consolidate links to University partners; and to extend existing networks in Tower Hamlets in line with the Empowering London agenda.
Principal Investigator: Dr Matthew Barac
- Strategic Priorities Fund, London Metropolitan University: £4,983, for the project, Housing Space Use in the Pandemic and After: The Case for New Design Guidance.
Principal Investigators: Dr Matthew Barac and Dr Frances Holliss