Compaction, Scale and Proximity

Institution: Westminster University

Funding: Westminster University Studentship

Supervisors: Jeremy Till, Peter Barber and Murray Fraser

Completed: 2013

Awards: Shortlisted for RIBA Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis 2015

Doctoral thesis investigating the implications of density for the design of new urban housing; the way it is measured, and how it is used.  The research was developed out of a detailed study into the history of density as a measurement and device used in planning.  It also drew on a study of a number of housing schemes situated in the rapidly densifying area of Poplar, in East London.  The thesis highlighted some of the compromises that come about through a preoccupation with numeric densities and site capacities and proposed alternative ways of decribing density in terms of physical and social conditions.

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