Urban Nature DEsign Research Lab (UNDER)

Asim Khanal

PhD Student

Urban greenery, Spatial analysis, Park vitality, Walkability

Asim completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India and a M.Sc. in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure from the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi which was opened in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His Masters' thesis explored the housing landscape of Dubai and identified distinct urban typologies and also pointed out the rental affordability issues especially for the middle class. Currently, his proposed research aims to define the concept of park vitality and analyze the factors that lead to vibrancy or underutilization of urban parks.

In my leisure time, I like to go on hiking trips, swim in natural bodies of water, play guitar or paint/sketch. Occasionally, I also write blogs on Medium and publish political satire on other social media platforms.


Websites:  Twitter

Selected Publications

Alawadi, Khaled., Khanal, Asim., Mouselly, Abdallah & Aletaywi, Abrar Bashar. (2022). “Planning in the age of pandemics: Renewing suburban design”. Sustainable Cities and Society, 87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2022.104261

Alawadi, Khaled., Khanal, Asim., & Sohdy Abdelfattah, Rawan. (2022). “Typological index of alleyways: mapping the pattern of a forgotten urban form element”. Journal of Urban Design, Pages 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2022.2105199

Alawadi, Khaled., Khanal, Asim., & AlHinai, Sara. (2021). “Rethinking suburban design: streets v/s alleys in improving network connectivity”. Journal of Urban Design, 26(6), Pages 725-745. https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2021.1921570

Alawadi, Khaled., Khanal, Asim., El Doudin, Azhar., & Abdelghani, Rahma. (2021) “Revisiting transit-oriented development: alleys as critical walking infrastructure”. Transport Policy, 100, Pages 187-202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2020.11.007 

Abu Ali, Mahmoud., Alawadi, Khaled., & Khanal, Asim. (2021). “The role of green infrastructure in enhancing microclimate conditions: a case study of a low-rise neighborhood in Abu Dhabi”. Sustainability, 13(8), 4260. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084260