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Research activity at Architecture explores a wide variety of significant research areas within architecture and the built environment. Among these is the better exploitation of innovative construction technologies and ICT to optimise 'total building performance', as well as reduce waste and environmental impact. Sustainable architectural and urban design is an important component of this. To this end, the Cluster for Research in Design and Sustainability (CRiDS) focuses its research energies towards developing resilient responses to the social, environmental and economic challenges associated with urbanism and cities, in both the developed and developing world.

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Suburbia moderna : strategii de design urban in spatii cu densitate redusa

Suau, Cristian and Tunka, S (2009) Suburbia moderna : strategii de design urban in spatii cu densitate redusa. Arhitectura, 75. pp. 90-95. ISSN 1220-3254

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Sprawl cities are one of the most significant and urgent urban issue in Europe due to its mono-functionality. Public transportation in sprawls is a need in many places. Yet most Europeans persist in their desire to live farther and farther away from urban centers, moving to exurbs made up almost entirely of single-family residential houses and stand-alone retail zones. This research study analyses several configurations and patterns in suburban areas, based on two urban proposals designed by the authors and awarded by Europan in 2006 and 2008: www.europan.org On one hand, this comparative study shows new design strategies of agile interventions in European sprawls, such as Hamar in Norway and Stroke-on-Trent in the UK; on other hand, it explores the principles of “General Mobility” by Yona Friedman based on new frameworks in existing fabrics or dysfunctional spaces by formulating tridimensional mobile and hybrid networks.