Nicolas Palominos

Architect, Urban Designer & Researcher in Spatial Analysis

Nicolas is an Architect, City Designer and Spatial Analyst trained in Chile and the UK. His multidisciplinary career includes practising in a range of projects from designing buildings and city interventions, to research, to urban design and planning advisory in the public, private and academic sectors. His unique experience bridges urban design with a quantitative understanding of cities. Nicolas is especially interested in the potential of urban data for the creative and strategic spatial analysis of urban systems to inform urban design and city planning. He tweets at npalomin. A two pages CV is available here.

This webpage is a visual portfolio of his most recent works on city design, urban planning and urban design research.


Rethinking streets

Academic/Research/Publication Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis 2017/19 PhD research examining the relationships between streetspace designation metrics and urban structure CASA Working Papers Series 212 “Quantifying and Mapping Streetspace: a Geocomputational Method for the Citywide Analysis of Pedestrian and Vehicular Streetspace”

Conference presentation at the 3rd INTERNATIONAL LAND USE SYMPOSIUM. Land use changes: Trends and projections

Download poster presented at the London Walking and Cycling conference 2019

2019 PhD Bartlett Conference presentation
and conference abstracts booklet.

See paper presented at the ‘UrbanSys 2018: Transport, Smart Cities, Complexity and Urban Networks Conference’ and the Geodesign South America 2017 conference paper


Vyner Street, Hackney; Mix of Uses

Academic/Research Nicolas Palominos 2019 Land use mapping of Vyner Street mixed use area in Hackney included in the book Working Cities Architecture, Place and Production, by Howard Davis, 2019 Book excerpt

Hi-res map


Mix-use Amsterdam, non-residential functions

Academic/Research Nicolas Palominos 2019 Urban morphology mapping study of functions(12 classes) using open data and the kepler.gl platform - full screen interactive map Open geodata source

Hull maps (colour palette reference)


Planning Urban Manufacturing

Academic/Research Bartlett School of Planning and School of Architecture UCL 2019 Project examining the geography of urban manufacturing in London and its relation to mixed-use urban developments.


London Manufacturing Profiler

Academic/Research Bartlett School of Planning and School of Architecture UCL 2018 Part of the ‘Planning Urban Manufacture’ project this visualisation tool combines manufacturing indicators with street accesibility measures.

See minisite with data analysis and complete map matrix


Cities of Making

Academic/Research Circular Economy Lab UCL 2018 Project exploring the future of urban manufacturing in Europe with the focus on three cities: London, Brussels and Rotterdam. Case study on the ‘Maker Mile’ area in Hackney. See project website


Street Anatomy Santiago

Academic/Research Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis 2017 Interactive map tool showing streetspace designation metrics for Santiago in Chile. Created for an urban design workshop addressing a downtown regeneration scheme. In collaboration with GeodesignHub See London beta version

Santiago full screen


Urban Stroll

Academic/Research School of Politics and International Relations, QMU 2017 An interactive walking tour of the City of London reflecting on the political dimension of city design. In collaboration with Dr Javier Sajuria. Based on the Reorder Publics article See full screen interactive map


Ordinary Streets

Academic/Research LSE Cities 2012 Project investigating the economic, cultural and social diversity of a High Street in south London. We explored the overlap of commercial and street activities that made the street vital and vibrant. See project website from LSE cities

Referenced in ‘Comparative Urbanism. Design in translation’ by Fran Tonkiss (‘Companion to urban design’. Routledge; 2011 Mar 17.)

Keynote at ETH FORUM WOHNUNGSBAU 2015 by Suzi Hall


The city as a political project

Academic/Thesis LSE Cities programme 2012 Master degree thesis investigating the misfit between administrative boundaries and built area in Santiago, Bogota and London See complete document


GEO-CGR Citizen oversight of public works

Practice/Design Comptroller General of Chile 2016 Web open platform for monitoring public investment in public works at different levels of administrative authorities aiming for citizen-driven accountability.

See project video with english subtitles and portal new version

Presentation at the Seminar “Trends and Patterns of Urban Development. New instruments for urban information management” (in Spanish)

Leaflet on Data, leaflet on platform diagram, promotional poster


Reordered publics: re-imagining the City of London

Publication/Research LSE Cities programme 2012 Socio-spatial research of the City of London looking at the influences between the political, economic and spatial dimensions that shape the City. The project was developed into an academic publication in City Journal See posters series

See LSE Cities studio publication


Re-envisioning the Sabarmati Development Project

Academic/Research LSE Cities programme 2012 Design brief to evaluate the Ahmedavad’s river regeneration project. This work was prepared for the module ‘City Making: The politics if Urban Form’ Read report


Back to the centre

Practice/Design Inter-American Development Bank 2004 Graphic investigations for the book ‘Volver al Centro’ (Back to the Centre) that presents urban regeneration strategies for central areas. IDB Publications (Books), Inter-American Development Bank, number 202. Read book (Spanish version)


Barrios

Practice/Planning/Design Ministry of Housing and Urban Development 2006 Master planning for marginalized neighborhoods in Barrio Tarapaca, Arica and El Cobre, Peñalolen, Santiago, implemented under the neighborhood policy ‘The Neighbourhood Recovery Program’ (Quiero mi Barrio). Read barrio Tarapaca report and regeneration works summary

Read barrio El Cobre report

Neighbourhood Good Practices publication by Cities Alliance


Logistics Support Extension Zone in the Port of Valparaíso

Practice/Masterplan Rodrigo Perez de Arce Associates. RPA 2006 Master plan and architecture project for the new dry port logistic facilities in the main freight and passengers port in Chile.

Collaboration with RPA ‘Cript in Cathedral of Santiago’


Conservative Surgery in Santiago’s periphery

Academic/Research Nicolas Palominos 2004 The project examines the urban regeneration process triggered by the development of a new high standard School in Santiago’s periphery. End of carreer project to fulfil the requirements for BA in Architecture and Title of Architect.

Download project thesis report (Spanish version)


Two pavilions

Practice/Design/Architecture Nicolas Palominos 2004 A single-family suburban house and a small industrial office building in the outskirts of Northern Santiago (in collab. with J. Olavarrieta)