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Crystal Filep

PhD (Otago), MADU / MArch (Notre Dame), BEnvd (Colorado) Crystal Filep profile

Email: crystal.filep@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0)3 479 9010
Room: Surveying building, 1st floor, Room 111

Profile

Lecturer

As a researcher and designer, I aim to find ways in which the full range of human experiences can better shape our conceptualisation of cities and thereby lead to innovative theories and design approaches capable of contributing meaningfully in a rapidly urbanising world. The world’s urban population is set to nearly double in 40 years, and most urbanisation is occurring in cities of less than one million inhabitants. How we conceptualise, design and evaluate urban growth is more essential than ever.

My approach places equal value in the creation of material urban form and in the constructed or situated nature of reality. Lived experiences in relation to both built and natural landscapes serve a critical role in the analysis and contextualisation of a programme that interrogates (1) dominant urban theory (that which is conceptualised) and (2) ‘best practice’ urban design (that which exists materially). Situated in both New Zealand and in comparable international contexts, my research builds on the investigative work I undertook in Sweden and on my various professional collaborations. My initial focus on new urban theory and compact neighbourhood development is expanding to explore competing theories and typological urban forms, with the inclusion of natural landscapes to further expand investigative and creative options.

Outside of academia, my experience spans the public and private sectors, and includes work in New Zealand, Australia and the US as an urban designer and architectural professional. Before joining the School of Surveying, I was Team Leader Urban Design at Dunedin City Council, where I led a small team of Urban Designers and Landscape Architects within DCC's City Planning department. My team and I led Dunedin's endorsement of the Global Street Design Guide, the Octagon Experience (over the 2018 Easter weekend), the final stage of Dunedin's Warehouse Precinct upgrades and the Clyde Street 3D pedestrian crossings, as well as various other streetscape upgrade initiatives.

Teaching

SURV303 Urban Design 1 (coordinator)
SURV453/553 Urban Design 2 (coordinator)

Contributes to other papers on topics of urban design, urbanism, urban planning, architecture and research methods.

Research

Research Interests

  • Urban theory
  • Urban design practices
  • Urban landscapes and contemporary society
  • Architecture and philosophy / theology
  • Design and identity
  • Creative research methods

Research Group Memberships

  • Member of Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN)
  • Member of International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture(ISPA)

Professional Activities

Recent Awards and Achievements

  • (2015) Jo-Anne Duggan Prize (highly commended): Australian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS)
  • (2015) Best PhD Presentation: Department of Geography, University of Otago(ISPA)

Memberships

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Publications

Olin, C. V., Berghan, J., Thompson-Fawcett, M., Ivory, V., Witten, K., Howden-Chapman, P., … O'Sullivan, K. C., Keall, M., Ombler, J., & Hinckson, E. (2022). Inclusive and collective urban home spaces: The future of housing in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellbeing, Space & Society, 3, 100080. doi: 10.1016/j.wss.2022.100080

Olin, C. V., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2021). ‘Just right’ urbanism? Beyond communitarian ideals in Stockholm’s compact neighbourhoods. Journal of Urbanism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17549175.2021.2005116

Filep, C., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2020). New urbanism and contextual relativity: Insights from Sweden. Urban Planning, 5(4), 404-416. doi: 10.17645/up.v5i4.3514

Coetzee, W. J. L., Liu, X. N., & Filep, C. V. (2019). Transformative potential of events: The case of gay ski week in Queenstown, New Zealand. Tourism Review, 74(5), 1081-1090. doi: 10.1108/TR-10-2018-0148

Filep, C. (2019). Integrated, strategic placemaking. Proceedings of the Survey & Spatial New Zealand (S+SNZ) Annual Conference: Shaping Tomorrow's Communities. Retrieved from https://surveyspatialnzconference.org

Olin, C. V., Berghan, J., Thompson-Fawcett, M., Ivory, V., Witten, K., Howden-Chapman, P., … O'Sullivan, K. C., Keall, M., Ombler, J., & Hinckson, E. (2022). Inclusive and collective urban home spaces: The future of housing in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellbeing, Space & Society, 3, 100080. doi: 10.1016/j.wss.2022.100080

Journal - Research Article

Olin, C. V., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2021). ‘Just right’ urbanism? Beyond communitarian ideals in Stockholm’s compact neighbourhoods. Journal of Urbanism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17549175.2021.2005116

Journal - Research Article

Filep, C., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2020). New urbanism and contextual relativity: Insights from Sweden. Urban Planning, 5(4), 404-416. doi: 10.17645/up.v5i4.3514

Journal - Research Article

Coetzee, W. J. L., Liu, X. N., & Filep, C. V. (2019). Transformative potential of events: The case of gay ski week in Queenstown, New Zealand. Tourism Review, 74(5), 1081-1090. doi: 10.1108/TR-10-2018-0148

Journal - Research Article

Filep, C. V. (2019). Extending urban stories through artistic research: The case of Jetty Street. Journal of Urban Design, 24(4), 640-655. doi: 10.1080/13574809.2019.1592666

Journal - Research Article

Filep, C. V., Turner, S., Eidse, N., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Fitzsimons, S. (2018). Advancing rigour in solicited diary research. Qualitative Research, 18(4), 451-470. doi: 10.1177/1468794117728411

Journal - Research Article

Filep, C. V., Thompson-Fawcett, M., Fitzsimons, S., & Turner, S. (2015). Reaching revelatory places: The role of solicited diaries in extending research on emotional geographies into the unfamiliar. Area, 47(4), 459-465. doi: 10.1111/area.12217

Journal - Research Article

Filep, S., Law, A., Delacy, T., Wiranatha, A. S., Hendriyetty, N., & Filep, C. V. (2015). Host community visioning: The case of Bali. Tourism Recreation Research, 40(3), 303-315. doi: 10.1080/02508281.2015.1087690

Journal - Research Article

Filep, C. V., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Rae, M. (2014). Built narratives. Journal of Urban Design, 19(3), 298-316. doi: 10.1080/13574809.2014.890043

Journal - Research Article

Filep, C. (2018). Design-led, collaborative spatial planning for urbanisation. Surveying+Spatial, 96, 19-22.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Filep, C. (2019). Integrated, strategic placemaking. Proceedings of the Survey & Spatial New Zealand (S+SNZ) Annual Conference: Shaping Tomorrow's Communities. Retrieved from https://surveyspatialnzconference.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Filep, C. (2019). Storytelling through urban design: The case of Jetty Street. Proceedings of the Survey & Spatial New Zealand (S+SNZ) Annual Conference: Shaping Tomorrow's Communities. Retrieved from https://surveyspatialnzconference.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Filep, C. V., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Rae, M. (2015). Advancing new urban conceptions: The Stockholm Study. In C. Ergler & S. Connelly (Eds.), Proceedings of the Postgraduate Symposium. (pp. 38). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Geography, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Filep, C. (2014). Urban spaces, everyday stories and transformation. Proceedings of the Environments, Spaces and Transformations: Inaugural Media, Film & Communication (MFCO) Early Career-Graduate Conference. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/mfco/research/otago070449.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Filep, C. V., & Thompson-Fawcett, M. (2014). Journaling urban landscape transformation: Methodological creativity. Proceedings of the Relational Landscape Studies of Urbanisation Conference. Retrieved from http://landscapestudies.se/conference/programme.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Filep, C. V., Thompson-Fawcett, M., & Rae, M. (2014). Stories of urbanisation. Proceedings of the Relational Landscape Studies of Urbanisation Conference. Retrieved from http://landscapestudies.se/conference/programme.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Filep, C. (2015, July). Intersection unbounded. Verbal presentation at the 8th Biennial Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) Conference: Fertile Spaces, Dynamic Places: Mapping the Cultures of Italy, Sydney, Australia.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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