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Vikas Mehta, PhD, MArch

Professor, Fruth/Gemini Chair, Ohio Eminent Scholar, Urban Design Certificate Coordinator


  • Ph.D.: University of Maryland
  • M.Arch.: Morgan State University
  • Dip.Arch.: Institute of Environmental Design

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Peer Reviewed Publications

Rahman, N. and Mehta, V. 2020. Signage form and character: a window into neighborhood visual identity Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage & Wayfinding, 4 1,

Brown, R., Carr, V., Mehta, V., and Kochanowski, L. 2018. Children, Youth and Environments: A Call for Research, Practice, Action and Policy Children, Youth and Environments, 28 1, 1

Mehta, V. 2018. Streets and Social Life in Cities: A Taxonomy of Sociability Urban Design International, Special issue on Future of Public Space ,

Mehta, V. and Bosson, J. K. 2018. Revisiting Lively Streets: Social Interactions in Public Space Journal of Planning Education and Research, ,

Mehta, V. and Mahato, B. 2018. Measuring the Robustness of Neighbourhood Business Districts Journal of Urban Design, ,

Rahman, M. and Mehta, V. 2017. Letter Forms as Communicative Urban Artifacts for Social Narratives International Journal of Signage and Wayfinding , 1 2,

Brown, R., Carr, V. Mehta, V., Kochanowski, L., van Vliet, W., Chawla, L. and Sancar, F. 2016. History, Transitions, and the Future of Children, Youth and Environments Children, Youth and Environments, 26 1,

Mehta, V., Carr, V., Brown, R., and Kochanowski, L. 2016. Exhibition Highlights: CYE Moves to UC: Past, Present and Future Children, Youth and Environments, 26 2,

Mehta, V. 2014. Evaluating Public Space Journal of Urban Design, 19 1, 53-88

Mehta, V. 2011. Small Businesses and the Vitality of Main Street Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 28 4, 271-291

Mehta, V. and Bosson, J. K. 2010. Third Places and the Social Life of Streets Environment and Behavior, 42 6, 779-805

Mehta, V. 2009. A Tale of Two Streets: Comparative Experiences on Streets in the East and West Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 3 5, 231-242

Mehta, V. 2009. Look Closely and You Will See, Listen Carefully and You Will Hear: Urban Design and Social Interaction on Streets Journal of Urban Design, 14 1, 29-64

Mehta, V. 2008. Walkable Streets: Pedestrian Behavior, Perceptions and Attitudes Journal of Urbanism, 1 3, 217–245

Mehta, V. 2007. Lively Streets: Determining Environmental Characteristics to support Social Behavior Journal of Planning Education and Research, 27 2, 165-187

Invited Presentations

Mehta, V. (2006) Public Space in Urban India. Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Mehta, V. (2007) Streets as People-Places. Designing Our Region – Tampa: Small Medium Large, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

Mehta, V. (2009) Urban Vitality for a Sustainable Future. Earth Day sustainability forum. Sponsored by Anthropology Club, Academic Initiatives and Student Environmental Association, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Mehta, V. (2009) The Street as Place. Humanities Institute, New Faculty Research Panel, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Mehta, V. (2009) Public Space-Sociability-Walking. School of Art and Art History. College of The Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Mehta, V. (2012) The Street as Place. Space and Place, Department of Sociology. College of Arts and Science, University of South Florida., Tampa, FL

Mehta, V. (2013) The Street: a quintessential social public space, Making Streets as People-Places. American Planning Association’s National Conference inaugural symposium “Public Space Biennial of the Americas”, Chicago, IL

Mehta, V. (2013) Creating Lively Community Streets. Growing In Place: Sixth Annual Natural Learning Initiative Symposium on Intergenerational Urban Design for Children and Families, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Mehta, V. (2015) The Street: An Urban Ecology. TEDx UCincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Mehta, V. (2015) The Ecology of the Street. [r+d] Workshop of [r+d] post-carbon Vienna/Future Urban Mobility Lab, Vienna, Austria

Mehta, V. (2015) Strings of Beads: streets as social networks. Linear Livability International Conference, Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

Mehta, V. (2015) Streets and Social Life in Cities. Future of Places Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

Mehta, V. (2016) Public Space: What Why How. Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Public Space, Barcelona, Spain

Poster Presentations

Mehta, Vikas (2006) Active Living Research Annual Conference, Coronado, CA