Thesis title: Invisible city. A multisensory approach to urban planning
Primary supervisor: Professor Matthew Carmona
Secondary supervisor: Dr. Filipa Wunderlich (previously Dr. Quentin Stevens)
Sponsor: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
Starting date: 06 April 2009
Projected completion date: 2017
This project intends to go beyond the hegemony of vision in urban planning and to contribute to an analysis of the urban space through a comprehensive multisensory approach.
By highlighting the other "sensescapes" of the city we intent to provide urban planners with tools to a design or redesign of the city in more sensuously fitting and stimulating new ways.
Alexandra Gomes is currently finishing her PhD at UCL Bartlett School of Planning with a dissertation that intends to go beyond the hegemony of vision in spatial planning and design and contribute to an analysis of urban space through a comprehensive multisensory approach.
Also at the Bartlett Planning she has been teaching modules in sustainability, international planning, urban design and research and learning methods. Since 2014 she is also a Research Officer at LSE Cities, responsible for coordinating the centre’s spatial analysis across a range of projects. Prior to joining LSE Cities she also worked as a Research Assistant at The Bartlett School of Planning and Geography Departments at UCL.
She holds an MSc (Res) in Sociology and Development Planning from ISCTE-IUL and a MEng in Urban Engineering from IST-UL (Portugal). In Portugal she also worked in spatial planning, sustainable transport mobility and spatial analysis at CESUR – Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon Univ
Publications and Other Work
[Forthcoming] “A framework of analysis for urban sensory aesthetics: looking at sensescapes as ‘brush strokes’ of an urban canvas”; in “Senses and Urban Experiences” edited by Kelvin E.Y. Low and Devorah Kalekin. Routledge, UK
“Governing Urban futures: urban age conference newspaper” (Delhi, 14-15 November 2014). Burdett, Ricky, Rode, Philipp, Shankar, Priya, Vahidy, Shan, eds. (2014). LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science, Alfred Herrhausen Society, London, UK.
“Accessibility in Cities: Transport and Urban Form”. NCE Cities Paper 03. Rode, P., Floater, G., Thomopoulos, N., Docherty, J., Schwinger, P., Mahendra, A., and Fang, W. (2014). LSE Cities. London School of Economics and Political Science.
“Cities and the New Climate Economy: the Transformative Role of Global Urban Growth”. NCE Cities Paper 01. Floater, G., Rode, P., Robert, A., Kennedy, C., Hoornweg, D., Slavcheva, R., Godfrey, N. (2014). LSE Cities. London School of Economics and Political Science.
“New Climate Economy (2014): Cities Chapter. Better Growth, Better Climate”. The New Climate Economy Report. Summary Report. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
New Climate Economy (2014): Better Growth, Better Climate. The New Climate Economy Report. Synthesis Report. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
Taking Planning Forward: PhD Research Projects on the Centenary of the Bartlett School of Planning 1914-2014 (available at: https://issuu.com/bsp_phd/docs/phd_publication_final_2nd_for_web__)
Paper published in conference proceedings Designing Place: International Urban Design Conference, under the title "An introduction to a multisensory analysis of Bishopsgate in London”. 2-3 April. Nottingham UK
Parque EXPO (2009), Nunes da Silva, F.; Soares, R.; Gomes, A.; Cambra, P.; Lajas, R. "Acessibilidades e Espaço Público". In Métodos e Técnicas para o Desenvolvimento Urbano, A Experiência dos Projectos Polis (Colecção Expoentes, vol. 8); Ed. Parque EXPO, SA. Lisbon, 2009.
Gomes, Alexandra (2009), "Participatory Democracy and the Governance of Urban Planning in Portugal. From Regulations to Action", EURODIV Conference Paper 57.2009.
"Dinâmicas de localização, transformação do território e novas centralidades na AML: Que papel para as políticas públicas", Nunes da Silva et al, 2006, Faculdade de Arquitectura, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, Instituto Superior Técnico/CESUR. Lisbon Portugal
“Acessibilidades e Transportes”. In Formulação de políticas públicas no horizonte 2013 (European Framework Programme final report); DGDR (2005), Sousa, JF; Nunes da Silva, F. (Coord.). Ed. DGDR, November 2005. Lisbon Portugal