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A Research Associate at The Centre for
Environmental Structure - Europe, and coordinator of the Environmental Structure Research
Group, an international and inter-disciplinary research consortium.
He was past Director of Education for The Prince's Foundation for the
Built Environment in London, where he founded its new education programme in
sustainable urbanism, in partnership with the Royal Institute of British
Architects, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Mehaffy served previously as Project Manager for "Orenco Station",
a transit-oriented community on Portland’s light rail line described in
the New York Times as "perhaps the most interesting experiment in New
Urbanist planning anywhere in the country." More recently, he has
worked on Hurricane Katrina reconstruction planning in New Orleans, and on the Mississippi Coast, for which he and other team members were recipients of
the Arthur Ross Award for Community Planning. He was unanimously
elected a Colleague of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners.
Project consultant based in Portland, Oregon
Mehaffy’s work focuses on new methodologies to create sustainable
urbanism, including new kinds of generative codes.
Mehaffy graduate work in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley,
Codes and the Generation of Urban Form:
The Recent Work of Christopher
Alexander and the Centre for Environmental Structure - Europe
Professor Alexander, a widely-cited pioneer of morphogenetic processes
in planning and other fields, has developed a new approach to urban and
architectural coding, known as a “Generative Code”. The
author, Alexander’s research associate, discusses this work, its
theoretical underpinnings, and its application in several research projects.
In particular the author discusses Professor Alexander’s application of
new scientific insights into morphogenetic processes in nature, discussed in
his new work The Nature of Order, and its implications for the development of
new tools and methodologies in human construction.
The Environmental Structure Research Group:
Case Study in the New
International, Interdisciplinary, Cross-Sector Research Paradigm
The author is coordinator for the ESRG, an international consortium of
leading investigators in architectural and urban morphology, ecology,
biology, computer science, sociology, mathematics, physics and other
fields. The author discussed the work of the consortium and its
opportunities at a historically challenging time for the built and natural
environments. He covers a number of topics of investigation of the
group, including new methodologies and techniques under development to
successfully manage complex urban environments for desirable human ends.
He discusses a number of current application projects, including the
reconstruction of New Orleans in
the wake of Hurricane Katrina – a daunting case study in the modern
challenges of the human environment.