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Strangely Familiar
Strangely Familiar: Narratives of Architecture in City (1995–2001) Role: Jane Rendell, co-organiser, with Iain Borden (UCL) Joe Kerr (University of North London) Alicia Pivaro (independent curator). Funds Awarded: £25,045: from the Arts Council of England, the British Academy, the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Architecture Centre, Routledge, the University of North London, UCL Graduate School. Description of Project: ‘Strangely Familiar: Narratives of Architecture in the City’ was a multi- and interdisciplinary investigation of the way in which users of the city perceive and understand architectural space. Researchers from architecture, art history, geography, critical theory and cultural studies, explored the role of spatial theory and narrative story-telling in ‘making strange’ places in the city, while architects, graphic designers and multi-media designers collaborated on the design of an exhibition, catalogue and multi-media CD. For the edited book artists, architects, film-makers and writers described their role as creative practitioners in the production of spaces in the city. Outputs: The programme of events organised by Strangely Familiar included: a national touring exhibition: RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Architecture Centre, London (December 1995 – March 1996) Cornerhouse, Manchester (April – May 1996) The Angle, Birmingham (June – July 1996) Matthew Gallery, Edinburgh, (November 1996 – January 1997) a catalogue, Iain Borden, Joe Kerr, Alicia Pivaro and Jane Rendell (eds) Strangely Familiar: Narratives of Architecture in the City (London: Routledge, 1995) an international conference at the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) (January 1996); an international conference, ‘Tales of the City: Urban Living for a New Millennium’, with the Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester (May 1996); ‘The Architecture of Risk’, a conference with The Angle Gallery, Birmingham, (July 1996) and a co-edited book, Iain Borden, Jane Rendell, Joe Kerr with Alicia Pivaro (eds) The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space, (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2001).
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