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Qualitative methods in urban planning and design

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  • UserGabriela Quintana Vigiola, University of Technology, Sydney
  • ClockWednesday 20 January 2016, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseMill Lane Lecture Room 1.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Clare Eaves.

Traditionally urban planning, urban design and other built environment disciplines have based their processes and outcomes on quantitative data. In the past few decades, qualitative approaches have also risen as valuable. However, theorists, philosophers and practitioners have largely questioned both methodologies, highlighting their pros and cons. Nowadays, mainstream planning and urban design continue to use quantitative methodologies, sometimes dismissing qualitative approaches.

Understanding the value of qualitative methodology, this talk focuses on the link between qualitative approaches and some theoretical and practical outcomes. Through a research example, I will discuss the concept of territorial transferal process, which arose from in-depth interviews, and its potential application in urban planning and design.


Architect (UCV, Venezuela, 2004); MSc in Urban Design (UCV, Venezuela, 2008); PhD Built Environment (candidate in UTS ). Since June 2012 she has held the position of Lecturer in Urban Planning at the School of Built Environment in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Previously she worked for three years as an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Simon Bolivar, and for five years as an Instructor Professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, both in Caracas, Venezuela. In addition, since graduating she has also been continuously involved as a consultant with the urban design and urban planning private industry. Her practice and research focus on current issues as Participatory Design methodology, masterplanning, urban design developments, culture, spirituality and urban spaces, urban morphology, and Urban Design and Urban Planning history and theory.

This talk is part of the Land Economy Departmental Seminar Series series.

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