Laboratory of Urban Space Morphology & Design

Government gazzette
38 22/02/1996
E-mail
umlab@uth.gr
Webpage
http://www.prd.uth.gr/el/research/lab/urban_morphology
Department
Department of Planning and Regional Development
Tel.
+30 24210 74422
Research Categories
Bioclimatic Architecture
History Of Architecture And Urbanism
Rythmology, Morphology And Typology Of Buildings
Computer Aided Design In Architecture
Technology Of Preservation And Restoration Of Old Buildings And Monuments
Urban Planning, Rural Planning
Physical Planning
Location Of Industry
Location Of Sport Facilities
Location Of Social Welfare
Location Of Tourism And Leisure Facilities
Location Of Health Facilities
Location Of Educational Facilities

This Unit carries out research on issues involving Urban Morphology, Urban Design and Planning. More specifically, research focuses on the following topics: Urban Redevelopment and Regeneration, Urban Renewal and Regeneration of historic centres and heritage urban cores, New post-industrial economies & urban landscape transformations, Globalisation and 'Place Identity' in cities, Green Urban Design, Sustainable planning and development & spatial Policies for Greek cities. Economic crisis and the spatial impacts on Greek cities, Planning & Design of Shrinking cities New Technologies and Smart cities, The Lab also supports in terms of both methodology and software, the Syntactic Analysis of Spatial Configuration, as developed by Bill Hiller, UCL; and it has a Space Syntax database including more than 50 Greek cities.

Research Activities

Research in the Lab involves both main research curried out by academic staff and postgraduate students as well as applied funded research programmes. Some of the topics of main research curried by academic staff, postgraduate students and doctorate students are as follows: Post-industrial urban economies and urban landscape transformations Urban redevelopment and Regeneration of declined inner city areas, especially in the case of Greek cities; Green Urban Design and policies for Greek cities; Children and streets: Investigating the spatial choices of children for using streets as playground; Land –use allocation and Planning Legislation in peri-urban space; the case of commerce and services in medium sized Greek cities; New technologies and the impacts on urban morphology;  the case of Athens and Attica; Mega events and their legacy in cities; The case of post-Olympics  Athens. Place Identity; Urban morphology as a means for place marketing and city branding. Applied funded research programmes curried out in the Lab are listed in other paragraph (see below).

Research Projects

"Transecon" (2001–03) funded by the 5th Framework of Research, EC.

"Local Development Plan of Municipality of Sipiada", Region of Thessaly, Greece, funded by Municipality of Sipiada.

"Urban Morphology and Place Identity in Bilbao, Spain" (2002–03), funded by Department of Planning & Regional Development, University of Thessaly.

"Investigating the creation of a pedestrian network in the centre of the town of Farsala, Greece" (2001), funded by the Commercial Chamber of Farsala.

"Investigating the design of central urban square in Volos, Greece", funded by University of Thessaly, Research Committee.

"The master Plan of the Campus of Faculty of Engineering, University of Thessaly" (1996–97) funded by University of Thessaly, Research Committee.

"Syntactic Spatial Analysis and Urban interventions in the city of Thessaloniki" (2007–09), funded by the Municipality of Thessaloniki.

"Enhancing the Functioning and the Image of Public Open Space in the town of Krinides, Greece", (2002–03), funded by the Municipality of Krinides.

"The historical centre of MyKonos; Documenting problems in conserved heritage buildings and suggesting guidelines for sustainable development" (1997), funded by the Greek Ministry of Planning & Public Works.

Investigating the potential of abandoned industrial building complexes in Volos’ industrial zone for creating a Park of New Technologies" (1996), funded by Prefecture of Magnesia, Greece.

Laboratory Infrastructure

The lab is accommodated in a compartment of 40 sq.m., on the 1st floor of the building of the Department of Planning & Regional Development, Faculty of Engineering, University of Thessaly Campus, Pedion Areos, Volos. The Lab is equipped with four working spaces with PCs, internet access, printers. etc. The Lab also supports in terms of both methodology and software, the Syntactic Analysis of Spatial Configuration, as developed by Bill Hiller, UCL.

Research Results / Products

International prizes and distinctions.

Citations.

Books and Special Issues in peer-reviewed journals.

On the editorial Boards of peer-reviewed journals.

Organising international conferences.

Distinctions in Design Competitions.

Consultancy in evaluating EC urban programmes.

International collaboration.

Contributing in Life Long Learning.

Personnel
Surname Name Profession-Position Email Phone Number
Gospodini
Aspa
Researcher
gospod@uth.gr
+30 24210 74429
Kousidonis
Christos
Researcher
kousidon@prd.uth.gr
+30 24210 74437
Sapounaki
Aris
Researcher
sapounakis@gmail.com
+30 24210 74477
Galani
Virna
Researcher
virnagalani@yahoo.gr
6947188541
Lefantzis
Michail
Researcher
mlefantzis@yahoo.gr
6944687598
Makropoulou
Maria
Researcher
makropoulou@uth.gr
6947336158
Triantafyllidou
Chrysa
Researcher
xrisa30flld@gmail.com
Manika
Stella
Researcher
st.manika@gmail.com
6972558632
Kanakidou
Christina
Researcher
6945590013