The Urban Atlas: Developing tools and frameworks for a quantitative analysis of urban form through Geographical Information Systems and big data
- PhD research
Measuring Urban Form: A Systematisation of Attributes for Quantitative Urban Morphology
The discovery of patterns and associations between physical elements allows us to understand cities from an evolutionary perspective, establishing changes, adaptations, sudden transformations, similarities and programmatic departures. The Urban Atlas aims to capture those patterns by their measurable external characters spreading from the simple measurement of a single building to a complex definition of diversity of urban form in the nearby context.
After identification of the crucial elements of physical urban form, this research will develop a method of identification of distinct kinds of urban form within the city, enable the comparison of them and provide the insight into the structure of our cities. This knowledge will serve to inform on the impact that the physical form of cities has on their inhabitation and resilience and guide design.
- MSc Thesis
This thesis explores the field of quantitative urban morphology to develop an inventory of attributes of the physical environment relevant to the assessment of the urban form across the relevant scales. Previous research offers numerous different approaches to measure aspects of urban form. However, the methods currently used are fragmented, and coherent universal systematisation does not exist.
Using the extensive sample of 57 studies, this thesis illustrates the dominant patterns of current research in the field. By extracting and synthesising more than 300 metrics, systematic classification of attributes is developed based on the ‘purpose of analysis’ and the ‘scale of analysis’ categories.
The findings from the literature illustrate both a common focus on comparison, performance and monitoring or predicting growth patterns and minimal use of the sub-metropolitan scale and cross-scale methods versus metropolitan, neighbourhood and block scales in existing studies. Synthesis of variables used in measurement shows a good theoretical and methodological foundation for most of the metrics, except for the diversity measures, which are only rarely used in the existing methods. The main component of the thesis is the matrix of metrics working as a battery of attributes for quantitative analysis of urban form currently available for research. Moreover, the technical part exploring the kinds and sources of datasets is included.
This thesis is the first step in a long-term objective to build an interrogative framework for taxonomical classification of urban form. The methods based on the presented metrics could help urban morphologists understand what our cities are composed of and compare them.
now - 10/2017 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - PhD in Architecture
09/2017 - 09/2016 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - MSc in Urban Design
06/2016 - 02/2016 Seoul National University of Science and Technology, South Korea - Exchange
01/2016 - 09/2015 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - Exchange
06/2015 - 09/2011 Czech Technical University in Prague - Undergraduate in Architecture and Urbanism
Co-organiser of Talking Urban
lecture series (03-05/2017, University of Strathclyde)
Project leader of Social View of the City
- Interdisciplinary cooperation of Architecture and Urban Design, sociocultural anthropology, sociology and social geography (03-12/2014, CTU in Prague)
Youth Urbanist at Academy of Urbanism
Member of Amnesty International
Between 03/2013 and 10/2014 member and project leader at Auto*Mat
(Sustainable Development NGO )