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Everyday Constructions: Global Manifestations of Postmodern Urban Space
"Everyday Constructions: Global Manifestations of Postmodern Urban Space" is a major research project exploring how specific everyday places and spaces around the world can be encountered through different kinds of social engagement, such as knowledge, memory and risk-taking. The spaces being explored include the Limehouse Link road tunnel in London and the "Singapore Flyer" observation wheel in Singapore, as well as other large-scale everyday spaces such as roads, cranes, bridges, the sky, and constructions of urban time. AIMS (1) provide an interpretive history of different everyday spaces as places of architecture, history and spatial experience (2) investigate urban space and, in particular, the role that different peoples' experiences play in the history of cities. QUESTIONS (1) How do we understand large-scale and everyday spaces not only as physical constructions but also as elements within the richly layered history of cities? (2) How do we take account of spatial experiences that people have of the these spaces? (3) How are these everyday spaces represented in film and other artistic media? (4) In what ways are these spaces archetypal or exemplary pieces of C21 postmodern urban space? METHODS Interdisciplinary enquiry involving history, theory, photography/video and criticism. Three main research methods: (1) empirical and interpretive historical enquiry into experiences of everyday spaces using: magazines, newspapers and other published sources; photographs, drawings and other visual sources; and interviews, personal experiences and various ephemera. (2) investigation of films, movies and other moving images, used both as a way to explore different kinds of spatial experience of everyday spaces, and as a way to explore how such experiences are represented and culturally disseminated (3) theoretical enquiry into notions of everyday experience, knowing and mobility using the ideas of Lefebvre, Virilio and other related thinkers. CONTEXTS The research projects sits within the history of architectural and urban experience – the history of architecture after it has been constructed, and investigating the various ways in which cities and their architecture are continually reproduced through different experiences, idea and codings. It also sits within the history of London and other major cities, exploring peripheral yet monumental element of urban spaces that are often overlooked in these cities' histories. DISSEMINATION This is expected to include, besides the publication of a monograph book, numerous exhibition pieces, public lectures, interviews, and media coverage.
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