Recomposing the City is co-directed by Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Music, University of Oxford) and Dr Sarah Lappin (Architecture, Queen's University Belfast). Gascia and Sarah first came together in leading an intensive, week-long 'live project', Belfast Sound Works, for Architecture MArch and BSc students at Queen's. This programme was developed under the rubric of the award-winning educational initiative Street Society.
Following this collaboration Gascia and Sarah teamed with the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's to establish a Project Research Group that ran in 2013-14. This group brought together over twenty internal and external researchers from a variety of disciplines in examining the relationship of sound and sonic arts to urban architectures and environments.
Gascia and Sarah now co-direct a number of initiatives under the Recomposing the City rubric, including the three-year AHRC-funded project 'Hearing Trouble'. They co-supervise PhD students across Architecture and Sonic Arts, and they have lead new interdisciplinary and cross-faculty teaching initiatives, including the Soundspace Seminar Series and two international symposia.
Dr. Sarah Lappin (BA Columbia, MArch Princeton, PhD University of Ulster, RIBA) is an architect who teaches theory and design at Queens University Belfast. She is co-founder of the All-Ireland Architectural Research Group, and is the current Chair of the Steering Group of the Architectural Humanities Research Association. Dr. Lappin's research interests include architecture and identity and twentieth century architectural history. Her book Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland (Princeton Architectural Press) was published in 2009.
Dr Gascia Ouzounian (BMus and MMus, McGill, PhD UC San Diego) is a musicologist, sound artist and violinist whose work has been described as "an eye-opener for the computer music community... outstanding" (Computer Music Journal). Ouzounian's writings appear in over a dozen journals and edited volumes including Music, Sound, and Space (ed. Born, 2013). She is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oxford.
Project Research Group
The Project Research Group that was involved in establishing Recomposing the City at Queen's University Belfast in 2013-14 included the following members:
Our External Affiliates include some of the leading voices in sound/space research and practice -- sound artists and musicians, anthropologists, musicologists, ethnographers, architects and historians. They include:
PLACE is the Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland. It provide leadership on design in Northern Ireland, enabling communities to make informed and engaged decisions about place-making and helping them articulate and realise their ambitions for their areas.
PLACE activates communities and the wider public in Northern Ireland by increasing understanding and engagement with architecture, planning, landscape and the environment.
At Ryerson, Recomposing the City will host a design lab in Summer 2014. This programme will bring together an international group of sound artists and architects who will collaboratively create design proposals for development projects in the City of Toronto. These proposals will be exhibited and discussed in public forums, with view to generating new debates in architecture, urban planning and development.
We are grateful to Professor Colin Ripley, Chair of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, and pianist Eve Egoyan for their support of this project.
Sonic Arts Research Centre
The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen's University Belfast is a unique interdisciplinary facility which unites internationally recognised experts in the fields of musical composition, signal processing, Human Computer Interaction and auditory perception. The Centre is established in a purpose-built facility located alongside the engineering departments of Queen's University Belfast. SARC's centrepiece, the Sonic Laboratory, provides a unique space for cutting-edge initiatives in the creation and delivery of music and audio.
The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's University Belfast has a strong international profile in both research and teaching. It brings together three prominent education disciplines areas, Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, and four internationally recognised interdisciplinary research centres, Architecture and Construction Management, Environmental Engineering Research Centre, Centre for Built Environment Research and the Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning.