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Dr Graeme Evans

Professor in Design Cultures

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Dr Graeme Evans is Professor of Urban Cultures & Design. He holds a PhD & MA from City University, Department of Culture & Creative Industries, and during the last 20 years has held senior academic posts as director of research centres in London and Maastricht. He is a founding editorial board member of the Creative Industries Journal and publishes in a wide range of international journals with work translated into Chinese, German and Turkish and contributions in over 100 books and journals. He has completed several major studies for the UK Cultural Ministry, Arts Councils and overseas cultural agencies, including the OECD and the Council of Europe. Prior to academe he was co-director for an inner city arts centre and community technical aid centre, Inter-Action/ InterChange Studios, and served as director of the London Association of Arts Centres – he is currently researching the evolution and role of the arts centre in architecture & design, artform innovation and social impact.

His book Cultural Planning is the standard reference for the study of the place of the arts and culture in cities.The focus for much of his work is Cities and Urban Culture and in particular the social and cultural production of art, design and space. This has been manifested in major longitudinal research projects on urban sustainability/ mixed-use; accessibility and urban design; creative spaces; and most recently on sustainable design - including the Wiley-Blackwell book, Designing Sustainable Cities. His work has been exhibited at several London Architecture Festivals; at the Building Centre, Germany Gymnasium King's Cross, URBIS Manchester - with keynote presentations and videos/vimeos available  from Glasgow School of Art, Arirang TV Seoul, 'Urban Psychosis', Brunel (with Will Self), and Maastricht ('Who Owns the City').

This research theme has been extended to recent European projects on climate change and coastal cities (SECOA); E-Mobility, and Hydrocitizenship funded (2014-17) by the AHRC. Here the essential hybridity (Latour) between 'nature' and 'society' is explored through a range of creative arts and visualisation methods and interventions from a community/host perspective. This work explores the Science-Technology-Society (STS) and Design interface, countering both the technological determinism that drives policy and research responses to global climate change and material design (products, enginering, industrial, archirecture, fashion etc.), and the design cultures that have formed and fragmented the field. Recent contributions to this debate include an article: (2013) 'Ageing and Climate Change: A Society-Technology-Design discourse’ in the Design Journal 16(20): 239-258.

Graeme also convenes the RSA Mega-Events research network and seminar series   and has undertaken research on European Capitals of Culture, Olympics, EXPOs and Late/Light Night Festivals. He also holds a Special Chair in Culture and Urban Development at Maastricht University where he has led a three year research project on this theme for the city and Limburg Province.

He is presently researching the role of graffiti art in place-making, and the emergence of creative and digital 'quarters' in city branding, including Digital Shoreditch/Tech City in London, with presentations/keynotes made at successive Digital Shoreditch Festivals.

Graeme’s first ‘engagement’ with Middlesex Art & Design was at the former Hornsey College of Art where he performed with ‘Big John’ in 1970…

 

Graeme Evans’ research in the University Repository

The edge condition: re-use of industrial heritage on urban waterfronts: a case of London’s second river

Evans, Graeme and House, Naomi (2017) The edge condition: re-use of industrial heritage on urban waterfronts: a case of London’s second river. Interventions I Adaptive Reuse, 8 . pp. 26-33. ...

DRAFT 03

Murialdo, Francesca and Fern, David and House, Naomi and Bodnar, Katarzyna and Bonazza, Ruth and Evans, Graeme and Jensen, Steve and King, Sherene and Morris, Leora and Mundia, Prisca and ...

Participatory mapping and engagement with urban water communities

Edizel, Özlem and Evans, Graeme (2017) Participatory mapping and engagement with urban water communities. In: Coproduction and Social Justice. Policy Press. (Accepted/In press) ...

From Albertopolis to Olympicopolis – back to the future?

Evans, Graeme (2016) From Albertopolis to Olympicopolis – back to the future? V&A Online Journal, 8 . ISSN 2043-667X (Accepted/In press) ...

The Lee Valley: an industrial river system and heritage landscape

Evans, Graeme (2016) The Lee Valley: an industrial river system and heritage landscape. In: NECESSITÀ DELL’OBLIO PATRIMONI E PAESAGGI COSTRUITI DALL’ACQUA. MIMESIS, Milan, Italy, pp. 90...

Public programming? Pedagogies in a missing Europe

Graziano, Valeria and Allen, Felicity and Del Baglivo, Valerio and Evans, Graeme and Bowman, Jason and Cranfield, Ben and Goodwin, Paul and Graham, Janna and Jelinek, Alana and Kelly, Susan...

Draft two

Murialdo, Francesca and Fern, David and House, Naomi and Mortimer, Jon and Koslowski, Benjamin and Thomas, Peter and Evans, Graeme (2016) Draft two. InteriorsMDX. ...

London 2012

Evans, Graeme and Edizel, Özlem (2016) London 2012. In: Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning, and the World's Games, 1896 - 2020. Routledge, London. ...

Dressing up London

Edizel, Özlem and Evans, Graeme and Dong, Hua (2013) Dressing up London. In: Handbook of the London2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Routledge, London. ...

Rethinking place branding and place making through creative and cultural quarters

Evans, Graeme (2015) Rethinking place branding and place making through creative and cultural quarters. In: Rethinking Place Branding: Comprehensive Brand Development for Cities and Regions. Kav...

Participation and provision in arts & culture - bridging the divide

Evans, Graeme (2016) Participation and provision in arts & culture - bridging the divide. Cultural Trends, 25 (1). pp. 2-20. ISSN 0954-8963 ...

Design for hydrocitizens: architectural responses to the defend-retreat-attack scenario

Evans, Graeme (2015) Design for hydrocitizens: architectural responses to the defend-retreat-attack scenario. Sustainable Mediterranean Construction, 1 (2). pp. 89-92. ISSN 2420-8213 ...

Accessibility and user needs: pedestrian mobility and urban design in the UK

Evans, Graeme (2014) Accessibility and user needs: pedestrian mobility and urban design in the UK. Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer, 168 (1). pp. 32-44. ISSN 0965-0903 ...

Review: Michael Rushton (ed.): Creative communities: art works in economic development

Evans, Graeme (2012) Review: Michael Rushton (ed.): Creative communities: art works in economic development. Journal of Cultural Economics, 39 . pp. 219-224. ISSN 0885-2545 ...

Designing legacy and the legacy of design: London 2012 and the Regeneration Games

Evans, Graeme (2014) Designing legacy and the legacy of design: London 2012 and the Regeneration Games. arq: Architecture Research Quarterly, 18 (4). pp. 353-366. ISSN 1359-1355 ...

Creative cities - an international perspective

Evans, Graeme (2014) Creative cities - an international perspective. In: Urban Studies Compendium. Richards, Greg and Hannigan, John , eds. Sage, London. (Accepted/In press) ...

Mega events: a regional phenomenon and research network

Evans, Graeme (2014) Mega events: a regional phenomenon and research network. Regions : Quarterly magazine of the Regional Studies Association, 295 (3). pp. 7-18. ISSN 1367-3882 ...

Cultural mapping and planning for sustainable communities

Evans, Graeme (2015) Cultural mapping and planning for sustainable communities. In: Cultural mapping as cultural inquiry. Duxbury, Nancy and MacLennan, David and Garrett-Petts, W. F. , eds. ...

Graffiti art & the city: from piece-making to place-making

Evans, Graeme (2015) Graffiti art & the city: from piece-making to place-making. In: Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art. Ross, Jeffrey Ian , ed. Routledge, New York. ISBN 97811387...

New events in historic venues: a case of London

Evans, Graeme (2010) New events in historic venues: a case of London. Rivista di Scienze del Turismo, 2 . pp. 149-166. ISSN 2037-7916 ...