The urbanistic research unit ‘Laboratory Urban design’ (Labo S) has the objective to execute scientific research, to valorise this research in education and to translate these research results towards the public by means of exhibitions, publications, workshops, etc.
The topics range from issues originating from theory formation to the foundation of historic analysis, from the exploration of abstract contemporary problems to design applications on specific locations. The research locates itself in the area of urbanism, urban design and landscape design, extending to structural planning and spatial strategies.
The need for a dieper foundation of spatial planning policies involves a more and more increasing need for research into the force fields and steering structures within urban and spatial planning processes and strategies with which to influence them.
During the past years, Labo S has been particularly approaching the transformation and urbanisation of the landscape of Flanders. Commissioners are Ghent University as well as other universities, and public, administrative and private institutions.
Members of the research unit
Pieter Uyttenhove, Michiel Dehaene Assistant professors:
Luce Beeckmans (coördinator Labo S), Bruno Notteboom, David Peleman.
Daan De Vree, Simon De Waepenaere, Thomas Cattrysse.