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Nicole Porter

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr Porter is a member of the Environment, People and Design (ePaD) Research Group.

Expertise Summary

Dr Porter's interests, qualifications and experience span a range of built environment disciplines including landscape architecture, urban design and architecture.

Following training at the University of Melbourne (PhD, M.Arch, Grad Cert L.Arch, BPD) Nicole taught landscape theory within the landscape program at Melbourne. In 2008 Nicole was appointed as lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra, where she taught a number of design studios, with projects ranging from individual residential gardens through to urban interventions / installations, critical urban design scenarios and the design and management of National Park landscapes. Her current role at the University of Nottingham includes architecture studio teaching and research with a strong landscape and place making focus, as well as renewable energy and GI provision in heritage landscapes.

Nicole has practiced as an urban designer with the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, where she engaged in master planning work and strategic policy research. Nicole led the production of the PIA award winning Molonglo Valley Place making guide (2010). She is an academic member of the Landscape Institute.

Teaching Summary

I am the founding module convenor for the theory module K13 LAD 'Landscape Design: meaning and making'.

I lead the Masters architecture thesis studio unit 'Feral (Biophilic Birmingham)'.

I provide landscape architecture, urban design and architectural theory input to several modules and projects, including the 2014 masters studio based on a site at Bashan reservoir, Shandong Province, China, and local Beeston Town Centre regeneration live projects. I contribute teaching within the theory module K11 PBL 'People Buildings Landscape' as well as delivering guest lectures in Masters and other undergraduate programmes.

I was previously involved in teaching the 'Peak District landscape / sustainable communities' unit as part of the undergraduate design studio within the Architecture program between 2011 - 2013. During that time the following Peak District studio student projects received awards:

  • EDUCATE sustainability in architectural education prize, awarded equal first for 'landscape installations / ecological explorations (borders and boundaries)' project (Matthew Beaumont, Jessica Wallis, Jacob Rathbone, Melody Blundy, Rosie Oneill). See http://www.educate-sustainability.eu/prize

Research Summary

The content of my research is global in its scope: First, the relationship between place branding, landscape identity and design that I continue to investigate is a ubiquitous market-driven global… read more

Selected Publications

  • PORTER NICOLE, 2016. Landscape and branding: The promotion and production of place Routledge.
  • PORTER NICOLE, 2017. Branding Landscape LA Plus: Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture. 82-89
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2015. Wilderness, camera, action: conservation, commercialisation and change in National Parks landscapes In: ECLAS Landscapes in Flux conference, Tartu Estonia..
  • PORTER, N. and BULL, C., 2013. Conceptualizing, representing and designing nature: cultural constructions of the Blue Mountains, Australia. In: CARR, E., EYRING, S. and WILSON, R.G., eds., Public nature: scenery, history and park design University of Virginia Press. 170-182

Current Research

The content of my research is global in its scope: First, the relationship between place branding, landscape identity and design that I continue to investigate is a ubiquitous market-driven global phenomenon (with wide reaching consequences); Second, my focus on the design and management of national park landscapes ranges from international conservation designations and nation-wide park systems through to the site-specific policies and design responses for individual places.

My research interests focus on place branding, place making, landscape values and landscape design for health.

Other areas of interest include: the design and management of National Parks, landscape and identity, the communication of values through landscape architectural design, urban installations and the activation of public spaces, multifunctional and hybrid landscapes (green infrastructure, WSUD), renewable energy in the landscape, built environments for active living, biophilic design, and mindfulness and landscape.

My monograph 'Landscape and Branding: the promotion and production of place' was published by Routledge in 2016.

I am currently supervising four PhD projects:

  • Design in National Parks UK (Dartmoor) - Kirsten Tatum
  • The viability of urban green space in the Megacity - Jakarta (Najah Md Alwi)
  • Social Learning Spaces (Thao Phan)
  • Walkability and urban design in Malaysia (Zul Ayob)

Past Research

I have presented research at conferences in over nine countries, and my work is published internationally.

I completed my PhD thesis in 2009, titled The promotion and production of contemporary landscape: place branding, media and landscape architectural design projects for the Blue Mountains, Australia 1995 - 2009. This research explores the professional conceptualisation, representation and design of landscape within contemporary culture. A case study of the cultural construction of the Blue Mountains (Australia) examines the practices of creative industries including landscape architecture, print media and electronic media, focusing on whether these perpetuate or challenge the systematic promotion of landscape practiced through 'place branding'. By addressing how landscape ideas are communicated in various media, this research contextualizes landscape architecture within the current domain of cultural practice and discourse.

This thesis was developed and published as 'Landscape and Branding: the promotion and production of place' Routledge, 2016. Past PhD projects supervised to completion include:

  • Dr Mohamed Fagier, Urban regeneration and the Liverpool Waterfront
  • Dr Wasana de Silva, Performing Place : Natural Landscape, Cultural Place, Performance of Sri Lankan traditional Settlements

Future Research

I am interested in supervising PhD projects based on place branding and landscape, National Park design and landscape design for health.

  • PORTER NICOLE, 2017. Branding Landscape LA Plus: Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture. 82-89
  • PORTER NICOLE, 2017. Australian Alps: Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks: Book Review Mountain Research and Development. 37(1), 163-164
  • NICOLE PORTER, JOHANNA BRAMHAM and MARTIN THOMAS, 2017. Mindfulness and design; spaces for well being. In: SAAVEDRA, JAVIER, SAAVEDRA, JAVIER, ESPAÑOL, ALICIA, ARIAS, SAMUEL and CALDERÓN, MARINA, eds., Creative Practices for improving Health and social inclusion University of Seville. 199-209 (In Press.)
  • TATUM, KIRSTEN, PORTER, NICOLE and HALE, JONATHAN, 2017. A Feeling for What's Best: Landscape aesthetics and notions of appropriate residential architecture in Dartmoor National Park, England Journal of Rural Studies. (In Press.)
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2017. Where are you mindful? Exploring mindfulness in different environments: (conference poster) In: Mindfulness in Society International Conference, Chester.
  • PORTER NICOLE, 2016. Landscape and branding: The promotion and production of place Routledge.
  • BORSI KATHARINA, PORTER NICOLE and NOTTINGHAM MEGAN, 2016. The Typology of the Berlin Block: History, Continuity and Spatial Performance Athens Journal of Architecture. 2(1), 45 - 64
  • PORTER NICOLE, 2016. Power plants needn’t be ugly – let’s make them green and beautiful The Conversation Trust. Available at: <https://theconversation.com/power-plants-neednt-be-ugly-lets-make-them-green-and-beautiful-55415>
  • PORTER, N., 2016. "Single-minded, compelling, and unique": Visual communications, landscape, and the calculated aesthetic of place branding. In: Visual Environmental Communication Taylor and Francis Inc.. 79-102
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2015. ‘Really beautiful’ or ‘poems thrust in my face’? Perceptions of artworks in ‘wild’ landscape settings In: Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild conference, Newcastle UK.. 186-193
  • MOHAMED FAGEIR, NICOLE PORTER and KATHARINA BORSI, 2015. Regenerating Liverpool Pier Head Waterfront: the Role of Urban Design City, Culture and Architecture. 1(1), 21-38
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2015. Wilderness, camera, action: conservation, commercialisation and change in National Parks landscapes In: ECLAS Landscapes in Flux conference, Tartu Estonia..
  • PORTER, N., 2014. Changing Places; Urbanity, Citizenship and Ideology in New European Neighbourhoods Journal of Urban Design. 19(2), 257 - 259
  • PORTER, N. and BULL, C., 2013. Conceptualizing, representing and designing nature: cultural constructions of the Blue Mountains, Australia. In: CARR, E., EYRING, S. and WILSON, R.G., eds., Public nature: scenery, history and park design University of Virginia Press. 170-182
  • PORTER, N., 2013. "Single-minded, compelling, and unique": visual communications, landscape and the calculated aesthetic of place branding Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. 7(2), 231-254
  • PORTER, NICOLE, REITAN, J., DIAGRANES, I. and NIELSEN, L., 2013. What do you think the campus is telling you?: Teaching-led research exploring campus design and widening participation in Higher Education In: ). Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers.. 2. 767 – 783
  • HUSSEIN, M., PORTER, N. and BORSI, K., 2013. Who Speaks for Liverpool?’ Communicating Urban Identity through Place Branding In: Communication and the City Conference, The University of Leeds.
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2012. Place branding and urban design: intangible values and tangible effects In: Designing Place.
  • WASANA DE SILVA, JONATHAN HALE and NICOLE PORTER, 2012. Performing Place Kandy Sri Lanka In: Designing Place.
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2012. Bowen Place Crossing At: Landscape Architecture Australia
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2012. A conversation about art and adoption: healing / revealing Australian Journal of Adoption. 5(2),
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2011. Australia Season at the British Museum At: Landscape Architecture Australia (132)
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2011. From ideal landscape to inclusive landscape?: How community engagement is defining a "future scenario" for Canberra's open spaces In: Open Space People Space: Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors.
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2010. Brand Blue Mountains: a landscape promotion and production In: Emerging Landscapes: between representation and production.
  • PORTER, N., 2010. Experiencing contemporary 'nature': virtual and physical designed landscapes of the Blue Mountains, Australia Technoetic Arts: a Journal of Speculative Research. 8(2), 149-158
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2010. Australian War Memorial At: Landscape Architecture Australia (128)
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2010. Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa At: Landscape Architecture Australia (126)
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2008. Landscape Branding Landscape Architecture Australia. 66-67
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2007. Landscape and Branding: the global market for place Globalisation and Landscape Architecture: Issues for Education and Practice. 156 – 161
  • NICOLE PORTER, 2006. Landscape, Time, Media Conventions, Blue Mountains The Landscape Architecture Journal. 182 – 200
  • DE SILVA, W., HALE, J. and PORTER, N., Ritualized Mythic Place: Body, performance and place in traditional Sri Lankan Landscape Time, Space and Body. (In Press.)

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