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Vikas Mehta is the Fruth/Gemini Chair, Ohio Eminent Scholar of Urban/Environmental Design and Associate Professor of Urbanism. Dr. Mehta’s work focuses on the role of design and planning in creating a more responsive, equitable, stimulating and supportive environment. He works on various dimensions of urbanity through the exploration of place as a social and ecological setting and as a sensorial art. Dr. Mehta is the author of The Street: a quintessential social public space (Routledge, 2013 and 2014), which received the 2014 Book Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and was also a finalist for the 2014 Francis Tibbalds Award for Best Book of the Year. He is currently completing a four-volume anthology titled Public Space: Critical Concepts in Built Environment (Routledge, Forthcoming 2015).
Dr. Vikas Mehta’s research explores the sense of place and place distinctiveness, planning, design, and management of urban places for sociability, and cities and regions as just, equitable, and sustainable living systems. His research, teaching, and community engagement efforts are committed to focusing design and planning toward urban vitality and regeneration, environmental sustainability through urbanism, creating place identity through urban communication, understanding of environment/behavior relationships, and multi-cultural understanding of place for the sustainable growth of cities and regions. Dr. Mehta’s work has advanced the existing methods to study human behavior in public spaces and has developed measures of sociability of public spaces that are useful to urban designers, planners, architects, and landscape architects.
View more of Dr. Vikas Mehta’s credentials at the University of Cincinnati School of Design (DAAP).