Staff / Dr Nick Dunn
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Nick is Director of Studies, Graduate Programmes and Programme Leader for the MArch Masters in Architecture. He, along with Richard Brook, directs the research-by-design Atelier: [Re_Map], whose research is concerned with the mapping and representation of urban networks, data and conditions. He also lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the School as well as supervising and examining postgraduate research at MA by Research, MPhil and PhD levels.
Nick's doctorate thesis, 'The Ecology of the Architectural Model' is concerned with developing a new methodology and system of diagrams with which to study and map the design behaviour of architecture students and therefore contributes to the understanding of the complex process of design. Awarded his PhD in 2005, which was funded by the AHRB, it has since been published as a book. Since 2007 he has also been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
His primary research interests are in the fields of visualisation, modelling, mapping, representation in architecture, infrastructure, post-capitalist landscapes and urbanism. His work responds to the contemporary city as a series of systems, flows and processes, and is explored through experimentation and discourse addressing the nature of urban space: its perception, demarcation and appropriation. He is a Peer Reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences, most recently: www.fabricate2011.org He is also a member of both the Political Geography Research Group and the Urban Geography Research Group.
ResearchA selection of recent research outputs.
Dunn, N., 2010. Power of Copying, Xuzhou Museum of Art, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, 14 May - 10 July 2010.
Dunn, N. and Brook, R., 2009. Shaping the Future: Heritage Open Days, Town Hall, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, 10-13 September 2009.
team-bau, 2009. State Legacy, Cornerhouse and Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 2nd April - 8th May 2009.
Stone, S. Dunn, N., 2006. Interventions, CUBE, 16/06/06 - 16/09/06.
Stone, S. Crompton, A. Dunn, N., 2005. CMI National Competitiveness Summit 2005, GMEX, October 2005.
Brook, R., Chung M., Dunn, N. & Tyson, N., 2008. 'bar_cycle', Competition entry.
Brook, N., Chung, M., Dunn, N. & Tyson, N., 2007. 'Silt City', Competition entry.
Dunn, N., 2012. Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Laurence King.
Dunn, N., 2010. Architectural Modelmaking, Laurence King.
Dunn, N., 2007. The Ecology of the Architectural Model, Peter Lang.
Jointly Authored Book
Brook, R. and Dunn, N., 2011. 'Urban Maps: Instruments of Narrative and Interpretation in the City', Ashgate, Farnham, UK.
Brook, R. and Dunn, N., 2009. 'Isolative Urbanism: an ecology of control', bauprint.
Brook, R. and Dunn, N., 2009. 'The Control of Space: mediating fear in the urban condition.'. In Isolative Urbanism, 1, 7-14, bauprint, Manchester.
Dunn, N., 2013. 'The End of Architecture?: Networked Communities, Urban Transformation and Post-capitalist Landscapes', Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 3, 2, pp.67-75.
Dunn, N., 2012. 'Altered States: Social Networks, Digital Ecologies and Affecting Change in the Urban Landscape', Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 2, 1, pp.151-159.
Dunn, N., 2011. 'Infrastructural Urbanism: Ecologies and Technologies of Multi-Layered Landscapes', Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 1, 1, pp.87-96.
Dunn, N., 2010. 'Hybrid Modes of Inquiry - [Re]Mapping the Nature of the Design Studio in Architecture Education', Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 4, 2, pp.39-46.
Dunn, N., 2013. 'Big Data and the Future of Cities', Issues of Urbanisation, South China University of Technology; Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, 25&26 April 2013.
Dunn, N., 2013. 'Integrative Thinking: making as developing and embodying knowledge in architecture education', TEST - Teaching of Environment, Sustainability and Technology in Architecture & Design Conference, The Building Centre, London, 24-25 January 2013.
Dunn, N., 2013. 'Interactive Instruments: situated technology, intelligent terrain and design commons', Seventh International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan, 6-8 March 2013.
Dunn, N., 2013. 'Networked Communities: Urban Transition and Practices of Resistance', Association of American Geographers' Annual Meeting, LA Downtown Hotel, 9-13 April.
Richards, D., Dunn, N. and Amos, M., 2012. 'An Evo-Devo Approach to Architectural Design', Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), Philadelphia, USA, 7-11 July 2012, in GECCO '12 Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, pp.569-576.
Dunn, N., 2012. 'Interface and Implementation: negotiating the boundaries between physical landscape and digital territories for architectural design', Theoretical Currents II: Architecture and its Geographical Horizons Conference, East Midlands History and Philosophy Research Network / EMMTEC, University of Lincoln, 4-5 April 2012.
Dunn, N., 2012. 'Making + Thinking: designing prototypes for architecture', Future Forms: The Application of 3D Printing in Research and Practice, Manchester Metropolitan University, 25 April 2012.
Dunn, N., 2012. 'The End of Architecture? Networked Communities, Urban Transformation and Post-Capitalist Landscapes', Spaces & Flows: Third International Conference on Urban & ExtraUrban Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, 11-12 October.
Brook, R. and Dunn, N., 2011. 'Data Mining: Abstract Urban Topographies', Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination, Royal Geographical Society and Imperial College, London, 31 August - 2 September 2011.
Dunn, N., 2011. 'Living on the edge: cultural proximities, social peripheries and spatial margins', Architectural Humanities Research Association 2011: Peripheries, Queen's University, Belfast, 27-29 October 2011.
Dunn, N., 2010. 'Digital Networks: between open source mobility and closed loop assemblages', Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2010: Confronting the Challenges of the Post-Crisis Global Economy and Environment, Royal Geographical Society and Imperial College, London, 1-3 September 2010.
Dunn, N., 2010. 'Infrastructural Urbanism: Ecologies and Technologies of Multi-Layered Landscapes', Spaces & Flows: the Inaugural International Conference on Urban & ExtraUrban Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 4-5 December 2010.
Dunn, N., 2010. 'Mapping Interstices: understanding urban conditions through the lived experience of societal margins in contemporary film', Once Upon A Place: Haunted Houses & Imaginary Cities, 1st International Conference on Architecture and Fiction, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian & Museu da Electricidade, 12-14 October 2010.
Dunn, N., Lotz, K., and Richards, D., 2009. 'A Controversy in the Move.', Visualization of Controversies, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 14-15 May, 2009.
Yaneva, A., Dunn, N., and Heaphy, L., 2009. 'Mapping Architectural Controversies: An Enquiry on the Aesthetics of Matters of Concern', Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2009: Geography, Knowledge and Society, University of Manchester, 26-28 August 2009.
Dunn, N., 2009. 'Models in Architecture Education: an ecological approach', IASDR 2009, The 3rd Conference of International Association of Societies of Design Research: Design Rigor & Relevance, Coex, 159 Samseong dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-731, South Korea, 18-22 October 2009, in IASDR 2009 Proceedings, pp.3715-3718.
Dunn, N. and Brook, R., 2009. 'The City and The Control of Space', Metropolitan Desires: Cultural Reconfigurations of the European City Space, Manchester Metropolitan University, 8-9 September 2009.
Dunn, N., 2009. 'The Ecology of Architectural Models.', 4th International Forum on Architectural Education: Flexibility in Architectural Education, Faculty of Architecture, Erciyes University, Kayseri, 26-29 May 2009, in Architectural Education Forum IV.
Brook, R., Chung, M., Dunn, N., Tyson, T., 2011. 'Emerge: Spatial Design Report', Commissioned report into formal design solutions for east Manchester recycling cooperative.
Dunn, N. and Brook, R., 2011. '[Re_Map]: the image of the urban landscape', Co-chaired conference session at the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination.
Tyson, N., Brook, R., Chung, M., & Dunn, N., 2009. 'Design Briefing Report for EMERGE Recycling Manchester'.
Yaneva, A., Dunn, N., & Heaphy, L., 2009. 'MApping COntroversies on Science for POLitics (MACOSPOL): Designing the space of controversies'.