Recomposing the City: Sonic Art and Urban Architectures is a collaborative research group based at Queen's University Belfast and the University of Oxford. Our mission is to bring together researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines in addressing the question: How can sound artists, architects and planners working in collaboration generate new ways of analysing, understanding, and transforming urban spaces?  We explore this question through seminars, events, publications, and design projects. Our ultimate aim is to support new design and development projects, and to improve the understanding of sound within architecture studies and practice.


Recomposing The City was founded in 2013 by Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Music, University of Oxford) and Dr Sarah Lappin (Architecture, Queen's University Belfast). Our project has brought together over two dozen local and international researchers from a variety of disciplines: music and sonic arts, architecture and planning, geography, anthropology, film studies, and creative writing. Since its inception in 2013 Recomposing the City has hosted over twenty concerts and lectures, two symposia, a cross-faculty postgraduate seminar, and several exhibitions. Current projects can be found on our Research and Events pages.

Pre-radar acoustic location device.

Pre-radar acoustic location device.


Recomposing the City has supported the following activities: