Transgressive Design Strategies for Utopian Cities
Theories, Methodologies and Cases in Architecture and Urbanism
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This book critically examines the philosophy of the term ‘transgression’ and how it shapes the utopian vision of contemporary urban design scenarios.
The aim of this book is to provide scholarly yet accessible graphic novel illustrations to inform narratives of urban manifestos. Through four select case studies from the UK, Cyprus and Germany, the book highlights the paradoxes and contradictions in architecture and provides detailed evaluation of the limits and contemporary forms of sustainable urban regeneration. The book proposes an ‘utopian urban vision’ approach to social, political and cultural relations, trends and tensions both locally and globally, and seeks to inspire an awakening in architectural discourse. The book argues that the philosophical undermining of transgression is the result of a phenomenon from a different perspective—its philosophical background, its social construction, its experimental research process and its design implications on the city. As such, the book provides a critical examination of how architectural design interventions contribute to sustainable urban regeneration and gentrification and can impact local communities.
This book provides a significant contribution to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as early career researchers working in architecture, planning and sustainable urban design. It offers effective guidance on adopting the state-of-the-art graphical illustrations into their own design projects, while considering contradictions between architectural discourse and the philosophy of transgression.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgments. INTRODUCTION. PART 1 – FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE: ENVISIONING UTOPIAN URBAN DESIGN STRATEGIES. 1 - ANALYSIS OF THE CONTEXT IN TWELVE TERMS. 2 - SEARCHING A NEW DIASPORA FOR THE BUFFER ZONE. 3 – POLITICAL DISCOURSE ACTS AS A TRANSNATIONAL CATALYST IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN INTERVENTIONS. 4 – TRANSGRESSIVE DESIGN STRATEGIES TOWARDS UTOPIAN URBAN VISION FOR RECLAIMING ARCHITECTURAL DISCOURSE. 5 – A UTOPIA. 6 – REPRESENTATIONS OF DIASPORA, CULTURAL IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE. 7 – HOUSING AND POLICIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. 8 – CONCLUSION. PART 2 – LEARNING FROM THE GLOBE: URBAN REGENERATION, BRAND IDENTITY AND CITY MAKING. 9 – INTRODUCTION. 10 – CASE STUDY 1 - King’s Cross Regeneration Development, London, United Kingdom. 11 – CASE STUDY 2 - Elephant & Castle Regeneration Development, London, United Kingdom. 12 – CASE STUDY 3 - Berlin: The State of Power, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany. 13 – CASE STUDY 4 – Undercliffe Social Housing, Bradford, United Kingdom. 14 – CONCLUSION. Index.
Bertug Ozarisoy is an architect and expert in building energy modelling in Cyprus. His research focuses on understanding the theory between architecture and energy policy design in conjunction with exploring the impact of passive cooling systems on domestic energy use and households’ thermal comfort. He is interested in environmental design and the development of novel design applications throughout his architectural practice. He has focused on developing a novel methodological framework to assess overheating risk of buildings to tackle the detrimental effects of long-term heatwaves experienced as a result of climate change in Europe. He has an intensive ten years’ experience in teaching, academic research, and architectural practice. He was involved with the BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme at the University of East London between September 2016 and 2018. He has developed teaching skills to demonstrate significant intellectual input to students’ technical drawings and monitor their learning adaptability and integration to the Construction Technology and Materials module. He is also the first author of many scholarly articles relevant to the building engineering field. He has been mostly involved with research projects in the Sustainable Development of the Built Environment (SDBE) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Europe.
Hasim Altan is Professor of Sustainable Design and Architectural Engineering in the Faculty of Design, and Director of Research Centre at Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) in Kyrenia, Cyprus. He is a Chartered Architect (RIBA) and a Chartered Engineer (CIBSE) with over 20 years of academic and practice experience in the field of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) in the Built Environment in UK, Europe, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. He sits on several editorial boards and reviews project proposals for the European Commission, UK Research Councils and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) by Qatar Foundation. Since 2004, he has, singly or jointly, secured and directed 32 research grants worth over £21 million. He is a founding member of the International Network on Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH), which has so far organised eight international conferences, several design workshops, and numerous technical visits. As well as having supervised 17 successful PhD students, Prof. Dr. Altan has published over 280 refereed international journal and conference papers, technical reports, edited books and chapters and editorials in related fields.
"Transgressive Design Strategies for Utopian Cities – Theories, Methodologies and Cases in Architecture and Urbanism" is an extraordinary book on the theory of architecture with an emphasis on the theory of urban design. Transgressive design articulates the active relationship between architecture and power. It is an inclusive approach to eliminate discrimination within spaces.
Transgression has not been considered well in architectural education. It is a complex concept and when it is related to urban design, it gets even more complicated. Since this book handles the concept of transgression through philosophy, architectural theory and architectural/urban design, it fills a gap in knowledge and gives a full sense of transgressive design in architecture and urban design.
The mark of this book in the minds of its readers will be a deep understanding of transgressive design with all its dimensions -objective and subjective. This is something better than other types of learning, because it provides a stronger understanding which might free many minds and enable them to practice transgressive design."
-Prof. Dr. Yonca Hurol
Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus