Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment


Project Summary

This project investigated the relationship between scarcity and creativity for the built environment at different scales from neighbourhoods to whole cities.

The research had two complementary strands:

  • Development of a theory of scarcity relevant to the production of the built environment
  • Analysis of case studies in four European cities: London, Oslo, Reykjavik, Vienna

These strands fed and reinforced each other, resulting in a productive understanding of scarcity relevant for practitioners and policymakers.

The project focused on the analysis of ‘systems’ at different scales, locations and contexts. It examined:

  • a neighbourhood example from London
  • Oslo in the historic national context
  • Iceland as an ‘autonomous’ island
  • Vienna as a city

The researchers looked at how in these conditions various players involved in the production of the built environment might respond, or have responded, to scarcity. They also examined how creativity might be affected under these conditions. The project viewed these new conditions as motivations for change rather than inhibitors of creative activity.

Prof. Jeremy Till

Project Leader

University of Westminster
United Kingdom


Project Partners

Prof. Jeremy Till

Project Leader

University of Westminster
United Kingdom

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Prof. Christian Hermansen

Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Norway

Dr Andreas Rumpfhuber

Vienna University of Technology
Austria

  • University of Westminster

    University of Westminster

    4–12 Little Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7BY, UK

  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design

    Oslo School of Architecture and Design

    Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo, Norway

  • Vienna University of Technology

    Vienna University of Technology

    Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Austria