URBAN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
The Urban Research &
of Eastern Mediterranean University
was first founded in June 1999
under the auspices of Faculty of
with the purpose of addressing the many
problems of neglect and lack of awareness
that exist in the urban environments of
Cypriot towns and traditional settlements.
The Centerwas re-structured In January 2005
interdisciplinary establishment, and is
reporting to the Office of the President of
EMU since then.
The objectives of the
Centerare to provide an academic forum for
contributions to the quality of urban
environment in order to promote sustainable
urban settlements, to stimulate research on
local urban and regional issues in Cyprus
for and on behalf of other parties, to
pursue development and application
activities in line with its aims, to make
consultancy services available for the
public and private sector, to collaborate
with the institutions of similar interest
both at the local and international levels,
to establish inter-disciplinary links at
national and international levels, and to
evoke sensitivity amongst local people
concerning urban environmental issues.
Considering the current
situation of the urban environment in
Cypriot towns, and the negligence of the
qualities pertaining to the local urban
environment and traditional settlements, the
Centercould be considered an essential
theory and practice at local, regional
and global scales and their reflections
Development of planning
and design strategies to prevent urban
expansion and uncontrolled developments
in newer parts of cities.
Urban renewal, conservation and revitalization: decay in old and
historical urban environments;
appreciation of the built resources
through working on adaptive reuse of old
and historical buildings and urban
Planning and design of housing environments for sustainability.
Quality of community life in cities.
Fields of Activity
Organizing seminars, symposia, panels and lectures to disseminate
Coordinating and encouraging research projects.
Collaborating with the institutions of similar interest both at
the local and international levels.
inter-disciplinary links at national and international levels.
consultancy services to public and private institutions.
open-to-public activities to evoke urban environmental sensitivity
the outcome of research activities.