Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism (UE:EU) is an independent research group exploring international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the implications of emergent risks on the built environment and its inhabitants.

We question how emergent rare events have shaped or will shape the future of our cities. We continuously explore a range of seen and unforeseen risks and their relationship to the built environment. How prepared are our urban lifestyles and urban forms towards these unanticipated threats? Examples such as Infectious disease epidemics becoming endemic in Hong Kong, China’s unique aging population issues, economic crisis erupting into civil unrest in London all illustrate how 21st century urbanism is increasingly defined by our relationship to risk.





UE : EU is currently directed by Tom Lindsay and Mehrnaz Ghojeh from the University of Cambridge.

Tom Lindsay’s work has been primarily focused on public health issues in architecture and urbanism. He has worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and with members of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Natural History Museum. He has published papers in collaboration with world health experts on the link between health and housing in addition to research and development into new sanitation technologies in West Africa funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant. He has also worked at the RIBA and Agence Ouvray (Hong Kong). Tom recently finished a post as a visiting fellow at Nanjing University.

Mehrnaz Ghojeh specialises in anti-seismic morphologies. Her work expands upon the typical engineering-centred solutions to earthquake-resistant design into the fields of psychology, politics, geology, and architecture. Her work in both China and Iran has been funded by the Andre Fu Award and the Graduate Awards and Research Studentships Committee (GARS). She has collaborated with specialists from Tehran Municipality, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Spatial Academy, Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR), Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE), International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES). As well as working at the RIBA, she has taught, supervised, or been a guest critic at a range of institutions including University of Brighton, Nanjing University, and University of Cambridge. Mehrnaz has also recently completed her post as a visiting fellow at Nanjing University.


For examples of ongoing projects, click the UE:EU icon in the top left of the screen

Powers of Destruction
Severe Acute Respiratory City
Aging CBDs
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