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Doctoral Workshop 'Open Research' 29.01.2020

Doctoral Workshop 'Open Research' 29.01.2020

© Evidence based design for Digital products _ Creative Navy, 2017

Open should be the default, not the exception. Qualitative inquiries need an holistic approach in their specific contextual settings.



In a European context in which architectural knowledge is often associated with sub-disci­plinary particularism, the dimension of research is geared of technicalism, leaving into the back­ground those aspects capable of giving the Doc­toral candidates the ability to reflect and im­agine, to interact actively and meaningfully.

However, compared to many other disciplinary and professional fields, the evolution in qualita­tive research for architecture and design encom­passes a relatively wider diversity of methodo­logical approaches. Both the nature and role of architectural research, as conducted in the acad­emy and practice, have gradually shifted over the last decades in some predominant areas, such as the responsive dimension of open spaces, the implementation of post-structuralism, the explo­ration of digital technologies and applications of sustainable design.

Similar fluctuations in the scope of other sub­stantive topics, the significance of particular theoretical influences, innovations in design and planning processes, mean that architectural research will continue to cover a wide range of research in response to changing of the society.

To this end, OPEN RESEARCH tables are proposed as an opportunity to confront different Doctoral research lines by putting into practice an exer­cise on reflection between candidates of LUH, to build and to share the creation of inter-subjec­tive, open and dynamic research opportunities.

Through the mapping activities of 4 parallel ta­bles, the LUH PhD candidates can position their individual doctoral thesis into key areas of ref­erence, by exploring potential synergies with colleagues and in parallel get an overview about further career development by research and pub­lishing or funding opportunities.

OPEN RESEARCH tables cover the different as­pects of the built environment, urban studies, history, arts, design theories in a multidiscipli­nary perspective and is organized into:

> Future habitats and new design theories

> Urban-rural and landscape studies

> History, heritage and local identities

> New technologies, arts and languages

Each of these will be the subject of a specific correlation matrix designed with the support of a dedicated tutor in the development working session, by elaborating common and potentials reflections leading to alternative evolution of the thesis subject in relation to the different doctoral research involved.


Submission of application:

20th January 2019

Documents requested:

1 A4 paper with 3 research questions

+ methodological overview & reference list

(bullet points)




14:00 Introduction

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Schröder, Dean of Research

Arch. Emanuele Sommariva PhD, Research Coordinator

14:30 Working session 1

How do you intend to tackle your research topic?

presentation of research questions +

methodologies by every candidates

formation of the Research Tables

> Future habitats and new design theories

> Urban-rural and landscape studies

> History, heritage and local identities

> New technologies, arts and languages

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 Working session 2

What is your research plan / environment?

Which kind of evidence would you use to advance methods, processes, phenomena?

every table should draw a diagram about specific research lines

finding connections or exchange moments between the participant and exploring

possible common publication strategies and how to address it to scientific journals

17:00 Closing of the works




WS 1. Open Research _ WRITINGS _ Publishing strategy / Networking

WS 2. Open Research _ PROCESS _ Research development / Work plans

WS 3. Open Research _ METHODS & TOOLS _ Qualitative / Quantitative / Hybrids

WS 4. Open Research _ ARCHI CALLS _ EU programmes / Funding opportunities

WS 5. Open Research _ EMPIRIC EVIDENCE _ Observation / Testing / Evaluation