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Research Focus

Dr Seán Cullen is a Lecturer in Architecture and Research Fellow in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast. His research focuses on how architecture and urbanism respond to the challenge of climate change. The future requires new, creative and projective possibilities for how citizens live, work and play. Architecture presents the opportunity to unlock the complex flows of the city. 

He is currently working on a design-led research project called the Movable-Nexus (M-NEX) which explores how cities can be designed for sustainable use of food, water and energy resources in the context of our changing climate. The project examines cities in new boundary conditions of change - Amsterdam, Belfast, Detroit, Doha, Tokyo and Sydney. Each presents differing socio-economic, cultural and political challenges in addressing how the built environment can evolve to produce effective spaces and resource use for residents. The projects develops propositions for each city and regions through design-based practice and done in collaboration through a series of international workshops. 

http://m-nex.net/

Teaching

Seán teaches Architectural Design in the first year of the undergradute (BSc) programme and runs a masters (MArch) unit called Architettura Superleggera [ASL] with Professor Greg Keeffe. ASL explores the relationship between architecture and the complex flows of globalization versus the stasis of traditional ideas of place. The future is effective: speedy, stripped-down and super-light.

In 2019-20, students studied the low-density landscapes of the Lake District and Groningen, north-east Netherlands. This year the studio is working with Professor Rob Roggema of the Hanze Academy of Architecture to visualise and imagine the future of these territories within the context of the climate emergency. 

 

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Research Output

  • 3 Conference contribution

End-of-the-line urbanism: reprogramming the FEW-nexus of the city region for a post-carbon society

Cullen, S., Keeffe, G., Logan, K. & Campbell, E., 10 Feb 2020, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET 2019), 20-22 August 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vol. 2. p. 386-394 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
  • Kinetics in Building Facades Development of taxonomy of kinetics in climatic building envelopes

    Cullen, S. & Keeffe, G., 01 Mar 2018, Skins On Campus Bridging Industry And Academia In Pursuit Of Better Buildings And Urban Habitat Conference Proceedings . Kensek, K., Noble, D. & Elder, M. (eds.). Los Angeles, Vol. 1. p. 437-439 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Mapping Responsive Envelopes: Material culture evolution and climatically responsive building facades

    Cullen, S., Keeffe, G. & Kinnane, O., 11 Oct 2016, Face Time: The Emergence of the Facade as the Integrative Factor in Holistic Building Design. Noble, D., Kensek, K. & Das, S. (eds.). Los Angeles: Tectonic Press, Vol. 2. p. 201-207 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
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  • Prizes

    UrbanSOS: hOUR City

    Cullen, Sean (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

    Activities

    M-NEX Groningen International Workshop: forum for design of food-water-energy futures

    Sean Cullen (Participant)

    02 Mar 202006 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Hanze University of Applied Sciences

    Sean Cullen (Visiting lecturer)

    30 Jan 202031 Jan 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    My Digital Day: Evolution or Revolution? Belfast

    Sean Cullen (Invited speaker)

    05 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    M-NEX Sydney International Workshop: fridge city

    Sean Cullen (Participant)

    01 Nov 201908 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Community based response to the affordability challenge in N.I.

    Sean Cullen (Invited speaker)

    14 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk