Philip Oldfield


Institution/Organisation: UNSW
Position: Senior Lecturer
Biographical Information: Philip Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at UNSW and leads the Architecture + High Performance Technology stream in the MArch Programme.

Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, during which time he was the co-creator and Course Director of the MArch in Sustainable Tall Buildings – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. In addition, he has taught at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.

Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall building design, sustainability, embodied carbon, liveability and communal spaces at height. He is an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and is author of the upcoming book “The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer” due to be published by Routledge in 2018. He is Chief Investigator in research projects with total funding in the order of 0k, and has received grants from the CRC for Low Carbon Living, International Council for Building (CIB), and CTBUH.


Authored/ Co-authored Research

Title: Gardens in the sky: Emotional experiences in the communal spaces at height in the Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore

This paper has been peer reviewed

Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

Author/Co-authors: Philip Oldfield, Yuri Hadi, Tim Heath

Keywords: Architecture, Design, Environment, Governance, Psychology,

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The experiences and emotions of skygarden users and stakeholders is explored.
Management fear of anti-social behaviour increases at height.
Stringent rules in the skygardens fuel a sense of frustration in the residents.
A sense of contested ownership exists between residents and skygarden management.
Skygardens provide an opportunity for escapism from dense vertical living.