Urban Planning & Development Unit

Main Thematic Areas:

Sustainable Development & Environment

Contact/Lead Person(s):

Dr. Byron Ioannou

Team/Unit/Lab Website:

https://www.updu.online/


Description of the main research interests and activities of the team/lab:

Urban Planning & Development Unit deals with every aspect of built environment in its three dimensions (social, economic and environmental). The Unit’s research focuses on how spatial changes to the built environment (designed, planned or incidental) impact on the social and cultural life, on the economy and the environment. A group of researches specialising on different aspects of research design and practice on Urbanism, is capable of managing differentiated spatial scales (building bock, public space, community, city, and region) and themes (planning and real estate, green, rural and coastal areas, densities and suburban development).

The Unit’s interests focus on various aspects of sustainability themes of the built environment:

  • social issues of wellbeing and social integration
  • urban climate mitigation
  • urban gardening and its impact on local social and economic behaviour of neighbourhoods
  • opportunities for participatory planning and design in Cyprus
  • relevance of building codes and design tools in place making and the nature of local planning policy mechanism

Main equipment/tools/facilities available:

The Sustainable Urbanism Research Unit can use all the facilities available at the Department of Architecture of Frederick University and other Departments of Frederick University such as Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Economic Sciences. These facilities include appropriate workspace, facility for running seminars and workshops, facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, access to established collaborative networks of potential partners, IT support and relevant software programmes and IT infrastructure, support in proposal preparation and submission.

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