My research focuses on how urban planners and communities can work together to develop visions for local places through the Scottish Government’s participative ‘charrette’ workshops. The aim of the project is through case study based research, to understand critically, the appropriateness of the charrette method as the ‘mainstream’ form of participation in the Scottish local development planning process. Methods of enquiry will include analysis of relevant policy and practice documents semi structured interviewing with charrette participants and observation of the events in progress. The research objectives are both to understand empirically, the operation and outcomes of charrettes for both planner and citizen participants, as well as to contribute to the broader theoretical literature on participative planning.
- Participative planning and governance
- Urban design
- Social research design
Sponsor / Funder
Economic and Social Research Council
Kordas, M. (2018) 'Review: Practicing Utopia: An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement', Urban Studies, 55(4), pp.940-942.
Kordas, M., (2017c). ‘My Town The New Town’ (Online) (Published 14 September 2017). RTPI Scotland: Edinburgh.
Kordas, M., (2017b). ‘Review: The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning’ Planning Perspectives.32 (4), pp.653-654.
Kordas, M., (2017a). ‘How can Charrettes Play a Part in Community Led Regeneration??’ (Online) (Published 19 May 2017). Scotregen: Glasgow. Available at: https://www.surf.scot/scotregen/how-can-charrettes-play-a-part-in-community-led-regeneration/
Kordas, M. & Fieuw, W., (2015). ‘Do Design Charrettes Really Build 'Communicative Capacity’?’ (Online) (Published 17 November 2015). Making of Cities: Cape Town. Available at: http://www.makingofcities.org/journal/do-design-charettes-build-communicative-capacity
Kordas, M., (2014) ‘Hydro Power - the Forgotten Renewable Energy Generator?’ (Online) (Published 9 September 2014) Planner Magazine: London. Available at:http://www.theplanner.co.uk/opinion/hydro-power-the-forgotten-renewable-energy-generator
Kordas, M., (2014) ‘In Practice: Development Planning and Charrettes Beyond the Mainstream’. Scottish Planner June 2014, p.8.
University of Glasgow
2016-17: Social Science Statistics 1, Quantitative Methods, Social and Public Policy 1A, Governance and Markets, Urban Design Policy and Practice
2017-18: Quantitative Methods, Social and Public Policy 1A
Glasgow School of Art, Macintosh School of Architecture
2016-18: Shaping the City: An Introduction to Urban Design
I am a Chartered Town Planner and West of Scotland RTPI Chapter Committee Member. I have seven years’ experience in local government and also contribute my skills on a voluntary basis to Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) and Shelter Scotland.