Established in 2010, the Urban Typologies Research Cluster is a research collective made up of Faculty academics, postgraduate students and associate members who share interests in the history of the built environment. It includes members from the disciplines of architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture and planning. Its primary, though not exclusive focus is metropolitan Sydney and the major typologies that have shaped its urban and suburban environment. The objectives of the cluster are to:
- strengthen the research culture of the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Australia in relation to the arts and humanities
- engage in a sustainable research program geared to HERDC and ERA-quality creative outputs establish collaborations with external partners, including cultural institutions, government agencies and corporate and industrial concerns
- develop a research-teaching nexus based on studio and undergraduate research projects around particular themes and urban types
- encourage the involvement of the Faculty’s postgraduate community, by invitations to participate in the development of projects, and their outcomes
- develop competitive applications for ARC and other grants for external funding support
The cluster aims to deliver outcomes in a diversity of media, including visual as well as textual forms of analysis, for example: exhibited research in the form of models, drawings and other visual representations, as well as monographs, catalogues, journal articles and conference papers.
The cluster’s first project was a study of the leisure-based buildings and urban spaces that appeared in Sydney during the ‘boom’ years of the 1950s and 1960s. Its current project is a study of the history and development of Martin Place in Sydney (see Projects & Publications page).