MISSION

Recomposing the City is a collaborative research group. Our mission is to bring together artists, architects, planners and others in investigating the relationship of sound to urban space. We explore various questions on urban sound 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 architectural practice.


ABOUT

Recomposing The City was founded in 2013 by Gascia Ouzounian (Music, University of Oxford) and Sarah Lappin (Architecture, Queen's University Belfast). Our project has brought together several 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 and past projects can be found on our Events page.

 From Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin, "Soundspace: A Manifesto" (2014). Illustration by Ryan O'Reilly ©2014.

From Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin, "Soundspace: A Manifesto" (2014). Illustration by Ryan O'Reilly ©2014.

 From Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin, "Soundspace: A Manifesto" (2014). Illustration by Ryan O'Reilly © 2014.

From Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin, "Soundspace: A Manifesto" (2014). Illustration by Ryan O'Reilly © 2014.

ACTIVITIES

Recomposing the City has supported the following activities:

2017-18

  • authoring an Advice Note, The Sound-Considered City, for Belfast City Council

  • contributing to workshops on urban sound hosted by Theatrum Mundi

  • co-hosting an Acoustic Cities Study Day (March 2, University of Oxford), with Theatrum Mundi and Urban Rhythms.

  • fieldworks and workshops in Beirut, Lebanon as part of AHRC-funded project 'Hearing Trouble'

  • presentation at KESS Belfast

  • publication of the sound/mapping projects Constructing a River (Chrysoula Drakaki and Matilde Meireles) and OAZE (Una Lee)

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15 

2013-14