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Inaugural lecture Professor Meta Berghauser Pont

The lecture summarises insights from Meta Berghauser Pont's research conducted in the field of Urban Morphology and Urban Design. The development and application of the Spacematrix method for measuring density has contributed to advancements in Urban Morphology by linking qualitative to quantitative descriptions of urban form. Further, the integration with network theory has contributed to bridging three associate research fields: Urban Morphology, Space Syntax and Urban Ecology. This integrated quantitative approach has aided our understanding of pedestrian movement, segregation and biodiversity in cities.

The lecture  also presents an outlook toward the future research agenda involving two branches. First, the study of how the combination of densification and urban greening affects people and the planet. The earlier research has highlighted that densification has positive effects on the economy, sustainable mobility and use of resources, but partly negative environmental, social and health impacts. Research on the impact of greenery shows the opposite, while the combination, denser and greener cities, gives incomplete results with the risk that practice sets aside densification. To tackle this, multiple variables and effects must be studied simultaneously at multiple scales, ideally using longitudinal data. Second, the development of a knowledge infrastructure that compiles, summarises and makes research, data and tools accessible to overcome the research-to-practice gap and support an integral evidence-based design practice.

In case you missed Meta Berghauser Pont’s promotion lecture for Professor on the 6th of November, you can use the link to the video.

Inaugural lecture Professor Meta Berghauser Pont at Chalmers
Inaugural lecture Professor Meta Berghauser Pont at Chalmers

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