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  Walking, Observing, Connecting, Belonging: Propositional Map Making in the City

   School of the Built Environment

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  Dr Oliver Froome-Lewis  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This research project focuses on the development of a new form of map I have termed the Propositional Walking Map (PWM). This form of map may act as a stimulant to critical evaluation of the everyday, to wellbeing in the city and, more generally, to new ways of assimilating the city. The PWM has evolved since 2005 through a series of public walking workshops, map-making, map-reading, public exhibitions and their related documents and publications carried out with collaborators, public bodies and institutions in London. In parallel the work has been theorised in relation to the work of de Certeau, Perec, Vaneigem, Azoulay, Baudelaire, Highmore, Sherringham and walking specialists including Solnit, Ingold, Vergunst and Waxman. The project will contribute to advancing the propositional potential of walking maps combining, shaping and sharing personal collections of experiences of walking in the city. Propositional Walking Maps aim to propose novel connections between individual, everyday interactions with disparate parts of the city and their tactile presences. Thus, discovering and formalising personal propositions generates a 'Self City' - a personal version of reality that, once captured in the PWM, may be set in dialogue with the varied Self Cities of others, creating formations between experiential and critical factors, enhancing personal narratives of the city and stimulating a sense of wellbeing.  

Candidates should have a Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, or a first class degree with a research component. A strong record of practice based work and/or research is highly desirable. 

Anthropology (2) Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Creative Arts & Design (9) Geography (17)


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