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Welcome to the Wiki of UrbanAid
(Urban Architecture, Innovation and Design)
This research group was founded in September 2008 by Professor Tom Barker. Tom was joined by PostDoc Dr M. Hank Haeusler later that year. Our PhD students Martin Keogh, Ashley Hall, Michelle Douglas and Jon Sawdon Smith joined the group in 2009. The UrbanAid group is based at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB) in the University of Technology Sydney, as a pan-faculty research group.
The UrbanAid group currently has 1 director, 1 PostDoc, 4 PhD students, and 2 research assistants.
We are recruiting PhD and Masters candidates.
Please send any enquiries to:
Dr Hank Haeusler: hank.haeusler@uts.edu.au or phone +61 2 9514 8967

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SEE OUR BOOKS HERE.
HAVE A LOOK AT THE FACULTY: DAB FACULTY, UTS UNIVERSITY

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Above: The SmartSlab responsive media system invented by Tom Barker
was installed in the faculty building in August 2009.


UrbanAid has three major research streams:

(1) Urban Digital Media Research (UDM)

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Tokyo Guggenheim, Zaha Hadid, Facades + Media Tom Barker

Focusing on the integration of media technology in architecture, kinetic-cybernetic-responsive environments, foundation research media architecture / media facades, development of non-standard and complex curved media facades, Chromatophoric Architecture. (Research coordinator Prof. Tom Barker / Dr. M. Hank Haeusler)

(2) Next Generation housing (NextGen)

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Hanssem Mass Housing, Korea, Richard Rogers, Tom Barker

Our interest here is in developing strategies and designs for the next generation of affordable housing in Australia, including density, technology, environment, modes of ownership, neighbourhoods and amentities (Research coordinator Prof. Tom Barker)

(3) Design enterprise (DE)

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GoGlobal Ghana, Tom Barker, Ashley Hall

Harnessing value from intellectual property, business process innovation, SME's (small to medium sized enterprises) in the creative industries, pathfinding for graduate designers, and design enterprise for developing countries(Research coordin
ator Prof. Tom Barker / Ashley Hall)

Please find further information when clicking on the topics at the navigation bar on the left side of this page.

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Professor Tom Barker in conversation with the BBC's science and technology broadcaster Phillipa Forrester. Barker's SmartSlab invention is in the background