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Current Research

“It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” William H. Whyte

“Crumpled paper is for the garbage, not architecture.'” – Brian Garcia

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

Place and Public Transport: An International Comparative Analysis of Station Areas for Passenger Rail Success: Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and Medellin.

Supervisor: Professor Sir Peter Hall, Professor Stephen Marshall, Dr Robin Hickman

In City Planning and Architecture, urban rail infrastructure is a means of addressing blight, regional economies, population growth, resource scarcity, inequality, and climate change. Urban design interventions such as rail transport have a long history as catalysts of social change. I study contemporary infill rail projects to understand the by-products and implications they have on urban centres and polycentric regions. These projects are examined insitu to determine how their context relates to the academic literature that supports the promotion of these projects.

This research focuses on case studies in Los Angeles, Medellin, London, Berlin and Hong Kong to understand the effect that walkable neighborhoods have on public transport ridership. Walking to public transport stations being the key link to atmospheric and energy saving benefits of not driving, economic derivative benefits of walking by shops and combining multiple trips and subsequent social benefits of increased human awareness and interaction. This research argues for a greater land use approach in public transport planning, in location of stations into walkable neighborhoods or transit oriented development surrounding new stations.

My PhD research has been funded by the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL and the Doctoral School at UCL.

Eating and Drinking in the City

This is an ongoing project combining various research into restaurants and retail in contemporary London. The project to collect and organize work into a publication grew out of research with Professor Yvonne Rydin Professor of Planning, Environment and Public Policy. We researched the changing nature of coffee culture on London high streets as indicators of changing local economies and environmental supply chains, as well the role of cafes throughout English and Northern European culture.