Exploring narratives of place and culture
Architecture, interiors, and urbanism research
Architecture and urban design are intricately connected to significant local and global issues and the everyday experiences of people. The results of these fields have a direct influence on a wide range of interrelated systems, including the environment, culture, economy, politics, and aesthetics. Whether we are addressing challenges like climate change, community engagement, wealth distribution, or health and well-being, it's essential to recognize the substantial role that histories and theories can play in addressing urban and architectural transformations.
Our research in Architecture and Urban Histories and Theories is founded on an awareness of a variety of approaches and epistemologies. We actively engage with diverse narratives surrounding urban, architectural, and interior spaces, weaving together a polyphony of voices, conversations, and debates.
Our goal is to construct fresh historiographical and theoretical discourses in architecture, interiors, landscape, and urbanism by immersing ourselves in the values of historical, cultural, and political contexts. Our research transcends the boundaries between architecture and other disciplines such as art, cinema, design, histories, heritage, and cultural and social theories.
In the realm of academic research, we strive to blur the lines between academia and practical application in architecture. We reflect on research in our teaching, involving students in our Graduate and Postgraduate Programs, including PhD research projects.
Our research topics
We develop both conventional and practice-based research around the following themes:
Historiography and Documentation of Architecture and Urban Spaces
Heritage, Memory and Cultural Resonance
Cinematic, literary, and artistic readings of the built environment
Historical Social and Cultural Landscapes
Art and Interior Space
Embodied Approach within Architecture and Urban Design
Narratives of space
This research area investigates the concept of place as a social and cultural construct composed of multiple mutable narratives through which we make sense of the world. Research activities aim to unpick this rich tapestry to identify methods for understanding the complexities of place and its social and cultural readings. This research leads us to propose strategies for place-making and design interventions that draw on narrative in order to create distinct identities that promote attachment and connectivity to place.
- Historiography and Documentary
- Heritage, Memory and Cultural Resonance
- Cinematic, literary, and artistic readings of the built environment
This research area examines past and present cultural contexts in which historical and contemporary architectural and design production operates. It investigates the role played by shared ideas, social networks, and cultural practices in developing our built environments and how these shape individual and collective experiences of place. Particular interests of this group include architectural history and art history, artistic practice, textual analysis of film, and travel writing.
- Historical Social and Cultural Landscapes
- Art and Interior Space
- Cinematic Space and Social Stereotyping
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