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Prasanna Divigalpitiya Last modified date:2017.05.24

Associate Professor / Faculty of Human-Environment Studies
Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Faculty of Human-Environment Studies


Graduate School


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Academic Degree
Dr. Eng.
Field of Specialization
Urban and regional planning
Outline Activities
I started my career as an architect and involved in varies building projects as a designer, architectural engineer, project architect as well as a project manager for twelve years before completing my doctorate in urban and regional planning. My experience as an architect and as a researcher in urban planning gave me the opportunity to learn a wide range of aspects in the urban built environment. I am giving urban planning and urban design lectures and conducting domestic and overseas urban design workshops since 2010 in Kyushu University. My lectures are mainly conducted in the English language as a part of international masters and doctoral courses organized by the Faculty. My classes are mainly focusing on recent planning and urban design practice around the world that are aimed to achieve livable and sustainable urban areas.
Research
In my doctoral research, I developed a mathematical computer simulation model to predict the future spatial form of rapidly growing cities. This research required knowledge in a wide range of topics and subjects that are crucial to understanding urban growth process and its temporal and spatial dynamics. In my current ongoing research project, I am planning to measure the urban expansion process in South and Southeast Asian cities. The major objective of this research is to understand the urban expansion process in the context of urban activities, economic growth and urban governance. This study is trying to develop new ideas about urban expansion in rapidly growing cities.
My other research interests are urban planning evaluation systems and developing simulation models to measure and forecast urban activity centers.
Research
Research Interests
  • THE POTENTIAL OF PARTICIPATORY DESIGN TO IMPROVE URBAN SPACES IN THE SLUMS OF CARACAS
    keyword : PARTICIPATORY DESIGN
    2016.04~2018.03.
  • Dynamism Generated by Alternative Use of Space in the Unplanned Settlements of Greater Cairo Metropolitan Region
    keyword : Alternative Use of Space, Unplanned Settlements
    2013.04~2016.09.
  • Dynamism Generated by Alternative Use of Space in the Unplanned Settlements of Greater Cairo Metropolitan Region
    keyword : Alternative Use of Space, Unplanned Settlements
    2013.04~2016.09.
  • Measuring urban growth pattern in South and Southeast Asia cities using landscape metrics.
    keyword : urban form, landscape metrics
    2014.04~2017.04.
  • Dynamism Generated by Alternative Use of Space in the Unplanned Settlements of Greater Cairo Metropolitan Region
    keyword : Alternative Use of Space, Unplanned Settlements
    2013.04~2014.04.
  • Features and Issues of Urban Industrial Batik Cluster Development in Surakarta and Yogyakarta
    keyword : urban batik clusters, urban development
    2011.04~2013.04.
  • Measuring urban growth pattern in South and Southeast Asia cities using landscape metrics.
    keyword : urban form, landscape metrics
    2010.04~2013.04.
  • Developing Cellular Automata model to evaluate sustainable urban form in rapidly growing cities.
    keyword : セルラーオートマタモデル, 持続可能な都市形態, 持続可能な都市形態評価手法
    2003.04~2007.04.
Current and Past Project
  • This research will try to measure the urban sprawl quantitatively in selected South and Southeast Asia cities and try to understand pattern and dynamics of urban sprawl. Next the sprawl will be studied usin
    relationship of sprawl and different planning practices and economic environments.
    Urban sprawl will be measured for 6 South and Southeast Asian cities selected based on economic development. The measurement will be done for fragmentation, activity space, decentralization, density and urban growth using land use data gathered from satellite images and demographic and other land use data sources with the application of series metrics and geospatial calculations. This information will be used to analyze spatial and temporal dynamics of urban sprawl and its relationship to planning practice.
  • This research will try to measure the urban sprawl quantitatively in selected South and Southeast Asia cities and try to understand pattern and dynamics of urban sprawl. Next the sprawl will be studied usin
    relationship of sprawl and different planning practices and economic environments.
    Urban sprawl will be measured for 6 South and Southeast Asian cities selected based on economic development. The measurement will be done for fragmentation, activity space, decentralization, density and urban growth using land use data gathered from satellite images and demographic and other land use data sources with the application of series metrics and geospatial calculations. This information will be used to analyze spatial and temporal dynamics of urban sprawl and its relationship to planning practice.
Academic Activities
Papers
1. Taher Osman, Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Arima Takafumi, The impact of Built Environment Characteristics on Metropolitans Energy Consumption : an Example of Greater Cairo Metropolitan Region. , Buildings , 2016.06.
2. Taher Osman, Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Arima Takafumi, Driving Factors of Urban Sprawl in Giza Governorate of the Greater Cairo Metropolitan Region Using a Logistic Regression Model., International Journal of Urban Sciences, Taylor& Francis Publications,, 2016.05.
3. Taher Osman, Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Arima Takafumi, Measuring urban Sprawl patterns in Greater Metropolitan Cairo Region., Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Springer Publications, , 2016.04.
4. Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Measuring spatial and temporal dynamics of urban growth in Colombo Metropolitan Region (CMR), The First International Conference for International Society of Habitat Engineering and Design (ISHED), 2012.10.
5. Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Akira Ohgai, Takeru Tani, Kojiro Watanabe, Yoshimizu Gohnai, , Modeling Land Conversion in the Colombo Metropolitan Area Using Cellular Automata, Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, November ,  , 291-298, 2007.11.
6. Kojiro Watanabe, Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Akira Ohgai, Akio Kondo, Evaluation For Sustainable Urban Form in Asian Developing Countries by Cellular Automata Simulation, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, 123, 2005.12.
7. Prasanna Divigalpitiya, Kojiro Watanabe and Akira Ohgai, Analyzing the urban expansion process in Colombo Urban Area and its Cellular Automata Modeling, Proceedings 5th Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, 327-332, 2004.06.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • City planning institute of Japan
  • International Society of Habitat Engineering and Design
  • City planning institute of Japan
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
Educational
Social
Professional and Outreach Activities
International Society of Habitat Engineering and Design was an international association founded by academics and professionals to promote research and education on sustainability of urban areas. I involved in forming of the society at various levels. I joined this association as an inaugural member and involved in organizing meetings and developing the original constitution of the organization. I closely involved the organizing of society’s first international academic conference in 2012. .