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Maryam Naghibi

I am a Ph.D. Candidate and research assistant at Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). I hold a B.A. (2013) and M.A. (2015) from the School of Architecture and Environmental Design, IUST, where I was a Distinguished Student of architecture (2014). My background is also in architecture, landscape architecture, and fine arts.

In my current Ph.D. research, I explore leftover spaces in the urban context in general and in the case study of Tehran in particular. My overall approach considers the complex interplay of different dimensions of the socio-ecological system. In my research, I employed machine learning algorithms on EEG data to assess the impact of design strategies on leftover spaces.

My research activity is strongly interdisciplinary, centered around landscape design and urban projects, abandoned spaces, public spaces related to resilience, urban acupuncture, user experience, multi-scalar and ideas-based design, socio-technical-environmental (STE) approach, and temporary interventions.

The Young Resilience Fellowship will give me opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary research, resilience-related events, and to deepen my collaboration with Dr. Claudiu Forgaci. This fellowship permits me to build on my work with Prof. Mohsen Faizi (since 2010) and expand it with Dr. Claudiu Forgaci in our joint activities in comparative research. The purpose of this collaboration is to demonstrate how intervention in urban leftover spaces (e.g., marginal spaces, lots, Spaces Underneath, in-between spaces, parking lots, bare lands, etc.) could result in their transformation into sound STE landscapes contributing to urban resilience. To develop resilience-oriented design principles and build a bridge between science and practice, it is necessary to test the principles in different contexts.

As part of this work, I am delighted to collaborate with your group and to further my knowledge about the latest academic advances in both research and practice of resilience.