The ‘UOM Urban Lab – Center for Cities’ founded in 2017, which is a multidisciplinary research arm anchored by the researchers from different expertise fields in the University of Moratuwa. It draws together the research and outreach energies of scholars of Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, Conservation, Environment Management, Transportation, Construction and Facility Management, Housing, Landscape, Real-estate, Land-use surveying, Urban Economics, Statistical modeling and urban studies.
To become the centre of excellence in coordinating, facilitating and promoting research in fields of urban planning, development and management of cities and assimilation of such knowledge and initiating the links and partnership activities with industrial, public and governing bodies.
‘UOM Urban lab – Center for Cities’ has been collaborating with the government, industry and community organizations and currently involves with other activities such as annual international research conferences (ICCPP, I3SC), research journal publications on Urban and public awareness programs. It aims to undertake and coordinate industry based research/implementation projects and assignments of the related government institutions in order to share knowledge and research experience on the issues facing in the future cities for the past several years.
DEVELOPMENT ORIENTED RESEARCH (DOR) PROJECT ON ASSESSING URBAN COMFORT, SAFETY AND SECURITY OF PUBLIC REALM FOR SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION IN SRI LANKA FUNDED BY WORLD BANK AND CONDUCTD BY CENTRE FOR CITIES OF UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA
The ‘UoM Urban Lab’ – ‘Centre for Cities’, University of Moratuwa conducts a research project funded by the World Bank for developing a Model to assess comfort, safety and security of public realm while comprehensively identifying issues related to streets and other public spaces designs, configurations, lay outing, intersection arrangements as well as the bordering-built facades etc. in relation to the user safety, security and comfort in Colombo city limits. Please find herewith the attached basic outline of the research project.