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The research group of Urban Transformation conducts research in relation to the rapid change of our cities in the post millennium period, focusing on the investigation of dif­ferent methods and approaches to handle contemporary urban challenges in order to create tools that can support a more sustainable and long-term proof urban development. We are triggered by a desire to explore and create new ways of planning and designing our future cities, both in the rapidly expanding urban agglomerations as well as within the smaller cities outside the urban growth centers. Further, the research field consider the urban and rural landscapes as having a prevailing role in the development of the future build environment. This research field addresses issues related to how the development of urban areas can be achieved with an emphasis on quality; among others focused on in research on urban landscapes and public spaces, catalyst architecture, hybrid programming, art and temporary use as well as issues related to hydrology and climate adaptation, demographic growth and decline, and site-specific development.

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The research into mobilities explores what the increasing mobility of people, information, and goods means to societies. The research work from within the ‘Mobilities Turn’ and the underlying hypothesis that mobili­ties is ‘more than A to B’ movement. The research explores how commut­ing, everyday life transport, digital media, new production and consumption patterns have effects beyond mere displacement of people, information and goods. The general research challenge is to explore and understand what mobilities mean to societies. In particular the research focuses on the relationship between infrastructure, technologies, cities, built environments and social and cultural processes. In more specific terms we research into everyday life mobilities within subway systems, car infrastructures, aer­eomobilitiy, cycles, lights rails etc. The research is multimodal and (often) situational, and reaches from non-motorized mobilities over complex in­frastructure to the new digital media and ‘smart city’ developments. The research is undertaken with a plethora of methods such as surveys, inter­views, ethnographic observation, mobile mapping, GPS tracking, Rejse­kortdata (big data) and thermic camera tracking, eyetracking etc.


Jacob Bjerre
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