Dr James White

  • Lecturer in Urban Design (Urban Studies)

telephone: 0141 330 3664
email: JamesT.White@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

My research focuses is on the tools and mechanisms that planners use to shape the built environment and enhance the quality of the public realm. I am interested in the post-austerity context for urban design and the challenges associated with widening opportunities for participation in the urban design and planning process. I am particularly concerned about the intersection of professional and local knowledge in the design process and the impact that local planning and development cultures have upon spatial planning outcomes.

My recent work has examined urban design processes both in the UK and in Canada, with a particular focus on the ‘design governance’ of large-scale regeneration projects, including waterfronts, and the repurposing of vacant and derelict land. I am presently conducting a project on residential-led redevelopment and policy mobilisation in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, and a study of community-led urban agriculture on the southside of Glasgow.

Grants

Unraveling Vancouverism: A comparative study of residential development trends in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada-UK Foundation Travel Award, 2016

Healthy Design? Understanding the Edible City on Glasgow’s Southside, Adam Smith Research Foundation, 2013

The Evolution of Masterplanning Principles: A Case Study of Toronto’s Waterfront, Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom, Foundation Travel Award, 2013

Supervision

I am interested in supervising research that sits at the intersection of urban design and spatial planning and considers the policy implications of ‘design governance’ in a global world.

Current students

Michael Kordas (UK, ESRC, Doctoral Studentships, 1+3 Award) ‘Whose vision, whose place, whose future? Charrettes in the Scottish planning system’ (joint supervised with Professor David Adams)

Teaching

Acting Director (Mar-Aug 2016)

Coordinator & Teacher

  • Designing Places - a 10-credit course that introduces post-graduate and CPD students to the core concepts of urban design theory and practice. 
  • Urban Design Policy and Practice - a 10-credit course that challenges post-graduate and CPD students to evaluate the various tools and mechanisms used by design and planning professionals to shape the built environment.
  • Sustainable Housing Development - a 20-credit course that introduces post-graduate students to the concept of sustainability as it relates to the neighbourhood and housing design.

Contributor

Additional information

Lecture and seminar invitations

United Kingdom: Architecture and Design Scotland, Glasgow. DECADE Participate! Working Towards Co-production in planning and design. Invited Speaker. October 2015

United States: State University of New York at Albany. Challenging the Rule of Experts: A Participatory Urban Design Competition on Toronto’s Waterfront. Invited Speaker. November 2013.

Canada: Ryerson University, Toronto. What Role for the Public? A participatory design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Invited Speaker. November 2013

United Kingdom: Scottish Government, HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Prince’s Foundation for Community. The national urban design agenda and urban design pedagogy at Scottish universities. Invited panellist. March 2013.

Academic and Professional Memberships

Academic, External Examining and Professional Service

  • Invited Witness, Oral Evidence Session, Local Government and Regeneration Committee, Scottish Parliament, January 2016
  • Track Chair, Urban Design, Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), 2016 –
  • External Reviewer, University of Strathclyde, MSc/PgDip in Urban Design, 2013, 2015 –
  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Urbanism Journal, 2014-15

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006
Number of items: 14.

2016

White, J. T. (2016) Planning as placemaking? The case of the East Bayfront Precinct planning process. In: Thomas, R. (ed.) Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Oxford University Press Canada. ISBN 9780199008070

White, J. T., and Punter, J. (2016) Toronto's Vancouverism: developer adaptation, planning responses, and the challenge of design quality. Town Planning Review, (Accepted for Publication)

2015

White, J. T. (2015) Future directions in urban design as public policy: reassessing best practice principles for design review and development management. Journal of Urban Design, 20(3), pp. 325-348. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1031212)

White, J. T. (2015) Measuring Urban Design: Metrics for Livable Places, by Ewing, R. and Clemente, O. Journal of Urban Design, 20(2), pp. 291-292. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1008881) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2015) Pursuing design excellence: Urban design governance on Toronto's waterfront. Progress in Planning, (doi:10.1016/j.progress.2015.06.001) (Early Online Publication)

2014

White, J. T. (2014) Design by competition and the potential for public participation: assessing an urban design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Journal of Urban Design, 19(4), pp. 541-564. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2014.923744)

2013

Senbel, M., Girling, C., White, J., Kellett, R., and Chan, P.F. (2013) Precedents reconceived: urban design learning catalysed through data rich 3-D digital models. Design Studies, 34(1), pp. 74-92. (doi:10.1016/j.destud.2012.08.001)

Adams, D., Tiesdell, S., and White, J.T. (2013) Smart parcelization and place diversity: reconciling real estate and urban design priorities. Journal of Urban Design, 18(4), pp. 459-477. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2013.824367)

Senbel, M., Girling, C., Kellet, R., and White, J. (2013) Evaluating a web based urban design reference tool. In: Berney, R. (ed.) Urban Nature, Conference Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), 2011. Figueroa Press: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 197-216.

2011

White, J. T. (2011) Beth Moore Milroy, Thinking Planning and Urbanism. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31(3), pp. 363-365. (doi:10.1177/0739456X11398199) [Book Review]

2009

White, J. T. (2009) America’s Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment, by P.H. Brown. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 18(2), pp. 99-101. [Book Review]

2008

White, J. (2008) An ecological design philosophy: Randolph T. Hester's design for ecological democracy. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 1(2), pp. 187-198. (doi:10.1080/17549170802221542) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2008) Tradition Today: Continuity in Architecture and Society, by R. Adam and M. Hardy (eds.). International Planning Studies, 13(3), pp. 287-289. (doi:10.1080/13563470802521465) [Book Review]

2006

White, J. (2006) Downtown Calgary: in pursuit of urban design quality. Urban Design Quarterly, Winter, pp. 16-17.

This list was generated on Tue Jun 28 13:05:32 2016 BST.
Number of items: 14.

Articles

White, J. T., and Punter, J. (2016) Toronto's Vancouverism: developer adaptation, planning responses, and the challenge of design quality. Town Planning Review, (Accepted for Publication)

White, J. T. (2015) Future directions in urban design as public policy: reassessing best practice principles for design review and development management. Journal of Urban Design, 20(3), pp. 325-348. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1031212)

White, J. T. (2015) Pursuing design excellence: Urban design governance on Toronto's waterfront. Progress in Planning, (doi:10.1016/j.progress.2015.06.001) (Early Online Publication)

White, J. T. (2014) Design by competition and the potential for public participation: assessing an urban design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Journal of Urban Design, 19(4), pp. 541-564. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2014.923744)

Senbel, M., Girling, C., White, J., Kellett, R., and Chan, P.F. (2013) Precedents reconceived: urban design learning catalysed through data rich 3-D digital models. Design Studies, 34(1), pp. 74-92. (doi:10.1016/j.destud.2012.08.001)

Adams, D., Tiesdell, S., and White, J.T. (2013) Smart parcelization and place diversity: reconciling real estate and urban design priorities. Journal of Urban Design, 18(4), pp. 459-477. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2013.824367)

White, J. (2006) Downtown Calgary: in pursuit of urban design quality. Urban Design Quarterly, Winter, pp. 16-17.

Book Sections

White, J. T. (2016) Planning as placemaking? The case of the East Bayfront Precinct planning process. In: Thomas, R. (ed.) Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Oxford University Press Canada. ISBN 9780199008070

Senbel, M., Girling, C., Kellet, R., and White, J. (2013) Evaluating a web based urban design reference tool. In: Berney, R. (ed.) Urban Nature, Conference Proceedings of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), 2011. Figueroa Press: Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 197-216.

Book Reviews

White, J. T. (2015) Measuring Urban Design: Metrics for Livable Places, by Ewing, R. and Clemente, O. Journal of Urban Design, 20(2), pp. 291-292. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2015.1008881) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2011) Beth Moore Milroy, Thinking Planning and Urbanism. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 31(3), pp. 363-365. (doi:10.1177/0739456X11398199) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2009) America’s Waterfront Revival: Port Authorities and Urban Redevelopment, by P.H. Brown. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 18(2), pp. 99-101. [Book Review]

White, J. (2008) An ecological design philosophy: Randolph T. Hester's design for ecological democracy. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 1(2), pp. 187-198. (doi:10.1080/17549170802221542) [Book Review]

White, J. T. (2008) Tradition Today: Continuity in Architecture and Society, by R. Adam and M. Hardy (eds.). International Planning Studies, 13(3), pp. 287-289. (doi:10.1080/13563470802521465) [Book Review]

This list was generated on Tue Jun 28 13:05:32 2016 BST.