Mr Barrie Shelton

Honorary Associate Professor

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Barrie has broad interests in urbanism with core expertise in urban design and urban history, morphology and theory – arising from a fascination with how cities look, feel, work and change. Experience covers university teaching, research, scholarly and popular writing and urban design practice – drawing on knowledge and skills from design, planning and geography. His more important investigations over the past two decades have focused on East Asia and he is author of major books on built form and culture in that region: Learning from the Japanese City: Looking East in Urban Design (London: Routledge 2012) and (co-author) The Making of Hong Kong: from Vertical to Volumetric (London: Routledge 2011), translated respectively into Japanese (Tokyo: Kajima Shuppankai 2014) and Chinese (Beijing: PHEI 2013). His work crosses discipline boundaries and appears in a very wide range of publications across four continents. For books, see Routledge author’s page

He has also authored or co-authored several government/agency urban design reports with broad public circulation, been a member of government urban design advisory groups in three states, and a recipient of several urban design awards, including competitions. He initiated a Master of Town Planning course at the University of Tasmania in the 1990s, directed the Master of Urban Design programs at this University in the 2000s, and was Associate Professor – Urban Design at the University of Melbourne from 2010 to 2013.

As Honorary Associate Professor, Barrie offers advice to research students and occasional lectures, and writes: the latter documents his continuing research on city form and culture. Current areas of investigation include volumetric urbanism (complex 3D urban morphologies with multidirectional, multi-modal and multi-level movement networks); and the visual and spatial characteristics of writing systems and their relationship with other areas of spatial practice.

Research interests

Urban design and morphology, urban history and theory, culture and built form, and East Asian cities

Selected grants

2007

  • Hobart Waterfront International Design Competition; London G, Bull C, Shelton B; Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority/Research Grant.

2005

  • Urban Morphology and the Contribution of Railway Stations; Pretorius F, Karakiewicz J, Lam K, Steadman P, Tsou J, Shelton B, Kvan T; Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University/Research Grant.

2003

  • Hobart Waterfront Urban Design Framework; Shelton B; Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment/Research Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Shelton, B. (2012). Learning from the Japanese City: Looking East in Urban Design. Tokyo: Kajima Institute Publishing Co.Ltd.
  • Shelton, B., Karakiewicz, J., Kvan, T. (2011). The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric. London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]
  • Shelton, B., London, G., UWA, *., Bull, C. (2007). Directions: Hobart Waterfront International Design Competition. Tasmania: Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority.

Book Chapters

  • Shelton, B. (2016). Predisposed towards Mall Cities. In Stefan Al (Eds.), Mall City: Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of Consumption, (pp. 23-34). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Shelton, B. (2014). Reflection: Japan’s urban paradox - traditional and progressive. In Barrie Shelton (Eds.), Learning from the Japanese City: Looking East in Urban Design, (pp. 153-159). Tokyo: Kajima Institute Publishing Co.Ltd.
  • Shelton, B. (2013). Looking Out in Urban Design: beyond Euro-American paradigms. In John Byrne, Bill Chandler & Bruce Echberg (Eds.), Urban Voices: Celebrating Urban Design In Australia, (pp. 42-47). Melbourne: Melbourne: Urban Design Forum.
  • Shelton, B. (2011). Adelaide's Urban Design: Pendular Swings in Concepts and Codes. In Stephen Marshall (Eds.), Urban Coding and Planning, (pp. 137-157). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]
  • Shelton, B. (2007). Land Form: Form Follows Topography. In Trevor Howells (Eds.), University of Sydney Architecture, (pp. 32-35). Australia: Watermark Press.

Journals

  • Shelton, B. (2009). Urbanism: Prelude to Architecture - Nurturing Dreams: Collected essays on Archiecture and the City by Fumihiko Maki. Built Environment, 35(2), 286-288.
  • Shelton, B. (2007). Book review: States of Mind - from Soweto to Singapore, R K Biswas, ed, ‘Metropolis Now’. Built Environment, 27(4), 318-319.
  • Shelton, B., Okayama, E. (2006). Between Script and Pictures in Japan. Visible Language, 40(2), 157-176.
  • Shelton, B. (2006). New Urbanism – Dense and Hybrid. Urban Design Quarterly, Spring, 20-22.
  • Shelton, B. (2005). NSW Coastal Urban Design Initiative: 2002-2005 and beyond. Australian Planner, 42(4), 8-9.
  • Shelton, B. (2004). Reflections on Japanese Writing and Built Form. Architectural Theory Review, 9(1), 82-96.
  • Shelton, B. (2003). The City as Subject: Seki Hajime and the Reinvention of Modern Osaka. Japanese Studies, 23(1), 88-90.
  • Shelton, B. (2003). Vertical Urbanism. Built Environment, 29(1), 82-83.
  • Shelton, B. (2002). Book review: The Public Face of Architects- Julia Chance and Torsten Schmiedeknecht, eds, ‘Fame and Architecture’. Built Environment, 28(4), 340-341.

Conferences

  • Shelton, B., Okayama, E. (2005). Painting Texts, Writing Pictures in Japan. International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference 2005.

Design or Architectural Works

  • Stickells, L., Zanardo, M., Shelton, B., Thioulouse, N. (2009). Campus Life: A Vision For Harold Park And Environs. Harold Park, Glebe, Australia: The University of Sydney. public. Unrealized.
  • Shelton, B., et al (2004). Hobart Waterfront Urban Design Framework Post Consultation. Hobart, Australia: Unrealized.
  • Shelton, B., et al (2003). Hobart Waterfront Urban Design Framework (HWUDF). Hobart, Australia: Tas. Dept of Primary Industry, Water and Environment (RC: C2053 Project C1593). Public. Unrealized.

Report

  • Shelton, B., London, G., Bull, C. (2007). Reviewer: 2007 Hobart Waterfront International Design Competition.
  • Shelton, B., et al (2005). Mong Kok: An Urban Design Reading.

2016

  • Shelton, B. (2016). Predisposed towards Mall Cities. In Stefan Al (Eds.), Mall City: Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of Consumption, (pp. 23-34). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

2014

  • Shelton, B. (2014). Reflection: Japan’s urban paradox - traditional and progressive. In Barrie Shelton (Eds.), Learning from the Japanese City: Looking East in Urban Design, (pp. 153-159). Tokyo: Kajima Institute Publishing Co.Ltd.

2013

  • Shelton, B. (2013). Looking Out in Urban Design: beyond Euro-American paradigms. In John Byrne, Bill Chandler & Bruce Echberg (Eds.), Urban Voices: Celebrating Urban Design In Australia, (pp. 42-47). Melbourne: Melbourne: Urban Design Forum.

2012

  • Shelton, B. (2012). Learning from the Japanese City: Looking East in Urban Design. Tokyo: Kajima Institute Publishing Co.Ltd.

2011

  • Shelton, B. (2011). Adelaide's Urban Design: Pendular Swings in Concepts and Codes. In Stephen Marshall (Eds.), Urban Coding and Planning, (pp. 137-157). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]
  • Shelton, B., Karakiewicz, J., Kvan, T. (2011). The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric. London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis. [More Information]

2009

  • Stickells, L., Zanardo, M., Shelton, B., Thioulouse, N. (2009). Campus Life: A Vision For Harold Park And Environs. Harold Park, Glebe, Australia: The University of Sydney. public. Unrealized.
  • Shelton, B. (2009). Urbanism: Prelude to Architecture - Nurturing Dreams: Collected essays on Archiecture and the City by Fumihiko Maki. Built Environment, 35(2), 286-288.

2007

  • Shelton, B. (2007). Book review: States of Mind - from Soweto to Singapore, R K Biswas, ed, ‘Metropolis Now’. Built Environment, 27(4), 318-319.
  • Shelton, B., London, G., UWA, *., Bull, C. (2007). Directions: Hobart Waterfront International Design Competition. Tasmania: Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority.
  • Shelton, B. (2007). Land Form: Form Follows Topography. In Trevor Howells (Eds.), University of Sydney Architecture, (pp. 32-35). Australia: Watermark Press.
  • Shelton, B., London, G., Bull, C. (2007). Reviewer: 2007 Hobart Waterfront International Design Competition.

2006

  • Shelton, B., Okayama, E. (2006). Between Script and Pictures in Japan. Visible Language, 40(2), 157-176.
  • Shelton, B. (2006). New Urbanism – Dense and Hybrid. Urban Design Quarterly, Spring, 20-22.

2005

  • Shelton, B., et al (2005). Mong Kok: An Urban Design Reading.
  • Shelton, B. (2005). NSW Coastal Urban Design Initiative: 2002-2005 and beyond. Australian Planner, 42(4), 8-9.
  • Shelton, B., Okayama, E. (2005). Painting Texts, Writing Pictures in Japan. International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference 2005.

2004

  • Shelton, B., et al (2004). Hobart Waterfront Urban Design Framework Post Consultation. Hobart, Australia: Unrealized.
  • Shelton, B. (2004). Reflections on Japanese Writing and Built Form. Architectural Theory Review, 9(1), 82-96.

2003

  • Shelton, B., et al (2003). Hobart Waterfront Urban Design Framework (HWUDF). Hobart, Australia: Tas. Dept of Primary Industry, Water and Environment (RC: C2053 Project C1593). Public. Unrealized.
  • Shelton, B. (2003). The City as Subject: Seki Hajime and the Reinvention of Modern Osaka. Japanese Studies, 23(1), 88-90.
  • Shelton, B. (2003). Vertical Urbanism. Built Environment, 29(1), 82-83.

2002

  • Shelton, B. (2002). Book review: The Public Face of Architects- Julia Chance and Torsten Schmiedeknecht, eds, ‘Fame and Architecture’. Built Environment, 28(4), 340-341.

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