Urban Peripheries: from individual experience to collective space
We were a Masters (fifth year) unit at the Dundee School of Architecture in 2007/08 this is our shared blog.
We were: Lorens Holm (tutor); Ian Harrison (tutor); Aidan Williams; Alex Wilson; Bob Donnachie; Cairn Macdonald; Calum Brander; Kenneth Dick; Lorraine Lydon; Mirembe Kifumba; Nadeem Mughal; Patricia Pinheiro; Ryan Richardson; Wes Brownlee;
Our goal is to formulate strategies of engagement with the public realm, and to do it through design projects. The public realm includes public space; it also includes other forums for democracy, the paradigm for which remains public spaces for gathering (agora + stoa) but which includes other sorts of domains that might not, on first blush, be seen to be spatial.
We wanted to develop a studio culture in which collaborative discussion and critique support individual project work, using group workshops, seminars, round table discussion to define:
- agendas and critical issues,
- appropriate sites and programs, and
- design strategies and methods.
We will consider questions of:
4. Place: the qualities and identities of city spaces
3. Inhabitation: how we live in cities, city life and experience, civility, socialisation, crime
2. Communication: social networks and infrastructure
1. Subjectivity: the who-I-am and the what-its-like-for-me