UrbanISMS: Paradigmatic Practices & their Multifarious Platforms by Tom Verebes

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This PhD investigates the insights and the blind spots of a model of creative practice characterised by complex reciprocities between design propositions, and editorial and curatorial projects. The diverse voices of this composite practice assert themselves as platforms from which to conceive and debate a particular form of Paradigmatic Practice in Urbanism through varied means of representation, media and formats. Embracing complexity, indeterminacy, change, incompleteness and imperfection, a research problematic has been sustained on the limitations of urban masterplanning. Understanding the agency towards the city as an object of study within a problematised world, the disciplinary capacity for projective imagination raises dilemmas of the playful pursuit of innovation amidst the risk of positivism. A series of related ontologies have been proposed for comprehending and conceiving the contemporary city, articulated as Parametric Urbanism, The Adaptive City, and Mass-Customised Cities, alongside parallels to the cacophonous attributes of the urban experience of Hong Kong. A contribution to knowledge is the proposition of a design instrument, the interactive, intelligent urban model, and its theoretical and practical consequences. Engaging the discourses and methods of what is prosaically called the Smart City, the context for this research is the acceleration of industrial and technological change, during an era of an unprecedented pace and extent of urbanisation in Asia.

Year: 2017

Examiners: Prof Colin Fournier, Prof Justyna Karakiewicz Supervisors: A/Prof Paul Minifie, Dr Graham Crist

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