Gregory Cowan

Research Title: Occupying the Street: Urban design and the political in the night-time city
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Director of Studies: Professor Marion Roberts Second Supervisor: Dr Adam Eldridge Starting Date and Mode of Study: 2009 Full-Time


Gregory completed professional and research degrees in architecture in Perth – B Arch  (honours) Curtin – and Adelaide – M Arch (research) University of Adelaide –  respectively. He registered as a architect in Western Australia in 1992, and was elected to RIBA chartered membership in 2005. Gregory has worked as an architect and educator in London, Frankfurt, Ulaanbaatar, Perth, Vienna and Graz. Gregory’s doctoral research is supervised by Professor Marion Roberts.

Thesis Synopsis

Gregory’s research analyses use, design and place making in inner city mixed use streets, considering the politics of occupying streets diurnally. Urban regeneration in dense urban areas near transport hubs are highly complex settings for balancing link and place characteristic of streets and for creating sustainable places, used at all hours. Case studies will compare the Bahnhofsviertel (station district) in Frankfurt am Main with the case of the Kings Cross area station district in London. Gregory plans to analyse street design processes and the participation of diverse actors through participation research and visual and field work.

Recent Publications, Exhibitions, Presentations

  • Occupying the Street, lecture at Aalto University, Pori, Finland 29 March 2010
  • Street Occupations – the politics of designing and sharing city streets in The WeatherRing magazine, Perth Western Australia June 2010 (pp 20-25)
  • Street Occupations and the Night Economy in Kings Cross, London presented in the session Contested Fields at Field:Work AHRA Edinburgh December 2009
  • Learning from Ulaanbaatar, for the conference Entlang der Grossen Mauer / Along the Great Wall, Institute for Comparative Architectural Research, 2009 submitted (in press 2010)
  • Nomadologist in Ulaanbaatar, AARCHITECTURE (7), 22-3, 2009
  • Ger District Architecture, Mongolia, The Architect, 08 (01), 88, 2008
  • Tent Embassies: Collapsing, Australia and Architecture book chapter in Kiendl, A ed. 2008, Informal Architectures; Space and Contemporary Culture, (London: Black Dog) 56-65, (ISBN=978 1 906155)
  • Street Protest Architecture: Dissent Space in Australia, Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life, 65, January 2004
  • Tents and Political Occupations of Australia: from Botany Bay to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, in De-Placing Difference: Architecture, Culture and Imaginative Geography, 105-113, July 2002
  • Nomadology in Architecture; Ephemerality, Mobility, and Collaboration, ADT 2002
  • Collapsing Australian Architecture: The Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Journal of Australian Studies (New Talents 21C), 67, 30-36, 210-211, 2001

Teaching and Employment Interests

Gregory currently teaches in urban regeneration and architecture has been commissioned  for research and consultancy work both in professional practice architecture and urbanism, and in architecture and urbanism education.

Contact Details and  Further Information

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