Professor Nick Dunn
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PhD Supervision Interests
Urban Design, Visualisation, Infrastructure, Post-industrial Landscapes
Nick Dunn is Professor of Urban Design at ImaginationLancaster and Associate Director of Research of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. He is formerly of the Manchester School of Architecture where he was Principal Lecturer, Director of Studies and Co-director of the [Re_Map] atelier, whose research is concerned with the mapping and representation of urban networks, data and conditions. His work responds to the contemporary city as a series of systems, flows and processes, and is explored through experimentation and discourse addressing the nature of urban space: its perception, demarcation and appropriation. The culmination of numerous strands of research in this area was published in the co-authored Urban Maps: Instruments of Narrative and Interpretation in the City (2011).
In particular, he is interested in why and how (maybe even where and when) we design, rather than what we design. His PhD thesis, The Ecology of the Architectural Model sought to contribute to the understanding of learning-by-doing in design education and has since been published as a book (2007). This area of his research continues to inspire and evolve his design thinking and activity. As such, his recent work investigates the extended toolkit available to designers via digital design and fabrication processes and techniques, and their application in relation to architecture as his latest book, Digital Fabrication in Architecture (2012) attests. His papers have been published and presented internationally and collaborative creative work exhibited across the UK and China.
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