Urban Systems

About Urban Systems

DAAP Urban systems research is a transdisciplinary team of scholars who work closely with cities to advance more vibrant communities.  Our mission is to collaborate across areas ranging from urban planning, architecture, art, and transportation in order to bring about comprehensive insights and outcomes for enhancing urban communities. 

Our research and creative works focus on using technologies for data collection as well as designing interventions that impact and mitigate the challenges of urban living. Products from our research involve using technologies to envision mobility systems for urban environments; historical analysis on places and how to reclaim cities and spaces; placemaking art interventions for more robust and meaningful living in urban areas; virtual and augmented reality for helping operations for developing smart cities, to mention a few. We focus on connectivity, mobility, and resilience to promote infrastructures for safe and thriving urban living.

Centers, Labs, and Initiatives

  • Resilient Environments
  • Place Appropriation
  • Future Mobility
  • Community Building
  • Material and Building Systems
  • Preservation and Revitalization
  • Digital Mapping and Visualizations
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Environmental Planning
  • Spatial Planning
  • Building materials
  • Urban Design
  • Architectural History
  • Transportation Design
  • Ecological Studies
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Anton C Harfmann

Professor and Director of Architectural Engineering and Director of DAAP Facilities and Technology

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Juan Antonio Antonio Islas Munoz

Assistant Professor of Practice

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Christoph Klemmt

Assistant Professor

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Christopher Auffrey


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Conrad Christiaan Kickert

Assistant Professor

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Gregory Neil Marinic, PhD

Associate Professor

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Henry P Hildebrandt


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Jordan Tate

Associate Professor

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Kate Bonansinga

Director, School of Art; Professor

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Mara O Marcu

Associate Professor

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Ming Tang

Associate Professor

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Na Chen

Assistant Professor

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Pravin Bhiwapurkar

Assistant Professor

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Rainer vom Hofe

Professor, Ph.D. Program Director

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Terry L. Boling

Associate Professor Practice

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Vikas Mehta

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

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Xinhao Wang


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Yexuan Gu

Assistant Professor - Visiting

  • Our town - Murals with Wave Pool Arts Works, Jordan Tate

  • Dream City - Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit, Conrad kicker

  • Automotives - Crown Lift Trucks, General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles transportation design, Antonio Islas Munoz

  • The Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network – Delivering Flood Information to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere, funded by NSF, Vom Hofe (PI Dr. Lilit Yeghiazarian)

  • Urban VR - Developing and Assess Active Shooter, Ming Tang

  • Virtual Reality Training for Ohio Law Enforcement - funded by the OCJS, Ming Tang

  • Urban Environments - Utilizing a social-ecological systems approach to better understand the potential ecosystem services of underutilized or fringe green space in urban environments, Gu

  • King Records - Connected communities focusing on reducing inequalities and revitalizing neighborhoods, Hank Hilderbrant and Steven Slaughter

  • Assess safety vests for construction site through VR - funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ming Tang

  • Virtual Reality Training Simulation for Snow and Ice Drivers - funded by Ohio Department of Transportation, Ming Tang

  • Geospatial Imagery Analytics Research - funded by the Cincinnati Insurance Company, Ming Tang
  • Urbania - research lab at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning that speculates on metropolitan futures and led by Dr. Gregory Marinic.

For inquiries about Urban Systems, please contact

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Vikas Mehta

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


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Claudia Beatriz Rebola

Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor


For partnerships in alignment with faculty research areas and expertise in Urban Systems, please contact:

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Laura J. Johnson

Senior Director, Development