THANKS TO URBAN SOUND WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

Thank you to all those who have engaged with our workshops on urban sound this week at The MAC, Belfast. We have had an outstanding week of discussions with a wide range of participants from organisations including Belfast City Council, Mid-Ulster Planning Department, Department for Communities Belfast, Landscape Planning and Development Belfast, Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership, Ards Planning, Belfast Healthy Cities -- as well as an inspiring group of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, developers, policymakers, artists and academics. It has been an intense and invigorating week.

Special thanks to Ken Sterrett, Matilde Meireles and Conor McCaffery for their contributions to the workshop, and to the staff of PLACE NI, the MAC and Queen's University Belfast for their support. The workshops were generously sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK) as part of our project 'Hearing Trouble: Sound Art in Post-Conflict Cities'. A report on these workshops will be available on www.recomposingthecity.org later this month.

WORKSHOPS ON URBAN SOUND DESIGN

Recomposing the City and PLACE Architecture & Built Environment Centre will co-host a series of 3 workshops at The MAC Belfast in September on the topic of urban sound design. The workshops, which are generously supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, will bring together urban planners, architects and sound artists in discussing the role of sound in the design and planning of urban environments. We look forward to welcoming workshop participants at The MAC in September. 

 

'Listen to this Wall' public art initiative, San Francisco. Photo by Gascia Ouzounian 2016.

'Listen to this Wall' public art initiative, San Francisco. Photo by Gascia Ouzounian 2016.

RCT PhD Researcher Presents Paper at Aarhus Conference

Elen Flügge presented a paper "Cities Matter – Sound Art Toward Urban Listening Practices" at the "Sound Art Matters" Conference which took place on the 1st to the 4th of June 2016 at Aarhus University.

Elen's paper addresses the interaction between sono-spatial composition, participating listener and built environment by considering the reception and spatial dramaturgy of specific works embedded in urban space.

Sarah Lappin to Present Paper at "Sound Art Matters" Conference

Sarah Lappin will present her paper "What's the Matter With Architects?  Sound Art as a Challenge to Architectural Practice" at Aarhus University's Sound Art Matters international conference 1-4 June 2016.  The paper will examine methods deployed by sound artists that offer critique and alternative approaches to architects’ practice, including:

  • investigation of the nature of materials used in building, 
  • alternative modes of explaining concepts of space to diverse publics, and
  • questioning how space is occupied, and by whom.

Each of these will be illustrated by specific examples of sound art installations and methods observed while in Berlin, including projects in which sound artists and architects worked together. 

RTC Workshops planned for September 2016

As part of their AHRC Hearing Trouble project, the Recomposing the City team has begun preliminary work on their roundtable workshops which will occur in Belfast in early September 2016.  The workshops will bring together architects, sound artists, planners, policy makers, developers, and government officials to discuss how sound might be better considered in the making of public space.  

If you are interested in attending these workshops, please contact us.

RTC PhD Researcher Selected for Sound @ Nissan Project

Conor McCafferty, PhD Researcher with the Recomposing the City research group, has been selected to take part in Sound @ Nissan, an innovative urban development project led by the Harp Art Lab in Halmstad, Sweden. Conor is one of ten people selected to develop work during April-September 2016.

The Sound @ Nissan project will use sound art methods and processes to inform the planning and design of a new residential area close to the Nissan river: "The project aims to use sound as a tool in the urban development process of Tullkammarkajen in Halmstad. The new residential area is planned to develop along Nissan - the river that runs through Halmstad, Sweden. The area will consist of a mixed development in its content, predominantly residential residences (600 units) and it will be the 'future portal to Halmstad by the water'."

In his PhD project, Conor is researching the use of sound maps as a means of urban analysis and participatory engagement, asking how built environment professionals and residents can develop their understanding of urban spaces through sound. For this project, he will work with local residents, architects, planners and other stakeholders to explore the urban environment with sound maps.

For more about Sound @ Nissan, see http://harpartlab.se/

The project will take place in Halmstad, Sweden

The project will take place in Halmstad, Sweden


Former RTC Student Begins Teaching at Cyprus Academy of Art

Former student member of the Recomposing the City group, Antonis Stylianou, has begun teaching architectural design at the Cyprus Academy of Art.  Stylianou carried out research as a Master's of Architecture student at Queen's about urban sound art installations for both his humanities and technical dissertations.  In addition to teaching, he is also working in an architectural firm and continues to DJ.

Antonis Stylianou Master's of Architecture Technical Dissertation

Antonis Stylianou Master's of Architecture Technical Dissertation


Queen's Master's of Architecture Students Visit Berlin

From 23-27 October 2015, Michael Corr, Director of PLACE, Northern Ireland's Architecture and Built Environment Centre, Sarah Lappin and a group of ten Master's of Architecture students from Queen's carried out a study tour in Berlin.  In addition to studying multiple buildings and spaces in the city, the group also toured Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonie building, visited Arno Brandlhuber’s infill building at 9, Brunnenstrasse which includes the project "BUG" by Mark Bain (2010), listened to Ignacio Uriarte’s piece “Counting (for) Eight Hours” at the Berlinische Galerie (2014) and heard Camille Henrot's piece "The Pale Fox" (2015) in Werner Düttmann’s St Agnes Church Berlin recently reconfigured by Arno Brandlhuber.

St Agnes Church: photo by Matthew Murnin

St Agnes Church: photo by Matthew Murnin

AHRC Early Career Research Grant: Hearing Trouble

Recomposing the City is delighted to announce that Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin have received an Early Career Research grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council of the UK. Their project, 'Hearing Trouble: Sound Art in Post-Conflict Cities', is a cross-disciplinary research project that seeks to better understand the urban environment through an examination of sound and sound art, focusing on the particular conditions of post-conflict cities undergoing rapid and radical change. Our research will focus on Berlin and Belfast, cities that support vibrant communities of sound artists and that have similar architecture and planning cultures.

For more information on the Hearing Trouble project, please visit the RCUK Research Portal.

Welcoming Rachel O'Grady

Recomposing the City is thrilled to welcome Rachel O’Grady to the research team of the AHRC-funded project “Hearing Trouble: Sound Art in Post-Conflict Cities.”  

Rachel is completing a PhD at the CASS School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University. Using live collaborative projects, her research has examined the interpretative possibilities of architectural ‘heritage’ in the city, and their creative potential. She has been working in three neighbourhoods in close proximity to the Taj Mahal in Agra, North India.

Rachel’s project the Buksh Museum of Hobbycraft: a collaboration with India-based NGO CURE received an ASF-International Honorary Mention Award this year. The next two phases of construction have been granted planning permission and the project continues.

Rachel studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and then LMU. Before her PhD research she worked for London architecture practices Penoyre & Prasad LLP and Wright & Wright Architects.

For more information on Rachel's projects, visit the Buksh Museum's Facebook page, or follow Rachel on Twitter.

Buksh Museum (Phase One), before and after shot

Buksh Museum (Phase One), before and after shot




We are hiring! Seeking an RA for 'Hearing Trouble'

Recomposing the City is hiring! We are seeking a Research Assistant with MA-level background in Architecture or Urban Planning and professional experience in architectural design to join our research team as part of our 3-year AHRC-funded project 'Hearing Trouble'.

Please see/share the job description below. This is a part-time post (approx. 15 hrs/week), and it is based in Belfast. Applications due by 29 May.

https://hrwebapp.qub.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=4111435Wv3&WVID=6273090Lgx&LANG=USA

Welcoming Elen Flügge

Recomposing the City is thrilled to welcome a new PhD student, Elen Flügge, who will join us in 2015-16 through the support of a Northern Bridge Doctoral Training studentship. 

Elen is a writer and sound artist who is currently based in Berlin. She is interested in individualised audition and silent sound art, site- and context-specific works, critical writing on audio-media culture, and translating theory into audio-visual and spatial installations. Her undergraduate work at Bard College, NY, explored music and language perception. Her MA in Sound Studies at Universität der Künste, Berlin, focused on auditory culture and sonic arts. Elena's doctoral research will focus on listening practices for urban space.  

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership is an AHRC-funded programme that brings together three universities--Queen's University Belfast, Durham University, and Newcastle University--in the context of postgraduate studies and research. 

Congratulations to Elen for her success in receiving an NBDTP doctoral award.

You can find more on Elen's work at Personal Sound Space.

From Elen Flugge's Personal Sound Space (the Exhibition), 2011.

From Elen Flugge's Personal Sound Space (the Exhibition), 2011.

Call for Abstracts: PGR Symposium 'Soundspace'

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: SOUNDSPACE SYMPOSIUM 

Recomposing the City will host a PGR symposium, Soundspace, on Monday, 18 May at Queen's University Belfast. This symposium emerges from our recent Soundspace seminar series, which has explored the topic of sound and space across multiple disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, planning, music and sonic arts. If you are a Master's or PhD student at Queen's University Belfast and wish to contribute a 15-minute paper or presentation on any topic related to the seminar series, please send a 1-paragraph abstract and a 2-3 sentence biography by Friday 17 April to recomposingthecity@gmail.com

The Soundspace Seminar Series and PGR Symposium is generously funded by the Queen's Annual Fund and School of Creative Arts at Queen's. 

SOUNDSPACE SEMINAR SERIES 2015

Recomposing the City is delighted to announce a seminar series, SOUNDSPACE. The series will focus on exploring the topic of sound and space across multiple disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, planning, music and sonic arts. 

There will be opportunities for students to share their work with this exciting roster of speakers. At the end of the series we will host a Post-Graduate Symposium that will feature the work of Queen's MA and PhD students.

Please find more details on our EVENTS page. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to recomposingthecity@gmail.com to register your interest and tell us a few words about your work or studies. 

All Events 12.45-2 PM, McMordie Hall, Music Building (accessed via University Square), unless otherwise noted. 

Monday 16 February: Steve Larkin, Architect

Thursday, 19 February. Special event. 8 PM, Black Box. 'Soundspace: A Manifesto'. Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin, Recomposing The City

Monday 2 March: Rachel Ní Chuinn, Radio Producer

Monday 23 March: Sven Anderson, Sound Artist and Urban Acoustic Planner

Monday 27 April: Dr Jacqueline Waldock, Ethnomusicologist

Monday 11 May: Dr Katherine Fennelly, Archaeologist

Monday 18 May: Soundspace Post-Graduate Symposium: Location and time TBA

Poster design by Helena Hamilton.

Poster design by Helena Hamilton.

Summer in the City

We've had a wonderful summer of activity and planning for 2014-15. In late May we hosted an international symposium at Queen's that attracted a large and diverse group of attendees -- local and international architects, artists, city officials, planners, and developers. We heard fascinating presentations by 13 speakers, and there were exciting, impassioned discussions by many in the audience. A huge thanks goes to all the presenters, attendees, and everyone who volunteered to make the day a success. 

In June the Vice Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast talked about Recomposing the City as an exemplar project for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange. The following is from his speech to Architecture students and staff at their end-of-year show:

"Meeting the needs of society and overcoming challenges is something that you as architects will be tasked with on an almost daily basis.

I am delighted that so many of you are already doing that, and doing it in an interdisciplinary fashion, where you are increasing the potential for innovation and sharing of knowledge.

Projects like Recomposing the City, where you are working with colleagues in sonic arts to offer new ways of interacting with urban environments and contested spaces in cities, are an example to the rest of our colleagues across the University about the potential which exists in interdisciplinary working."

Later in June we had a wonderful time at the European Sound Studies Association in Copenhagen, where we delivered a co-authored paper on sound maps and listening maps. Our presentation discussed projects by a range of sound artists, theorists and scholars, as well as our 2014 Street Society workshop with Architecture and Sonic Arts students, who created a 'listening map' of the Sailortown region in Belfast.

Following this presentation we were excited to receive an invitation to co-edit a forthcoming issue of Journal of Sonic Studies based on our international symposium. Please look out for this issue in Summer 2015.

In August we were delighted to spend a day with international students at the Summer Institute at Queen's. We talked about the potential of academic research to impact upon societies as well as ways of thinking and working.

Finally, we are planning an exciting year of activities at Queen's and beyond. This year our work will focus on local design projects in Belfast, as well as presentations in cities including Berlin and Athens. We are also pleased to host the architect and sound artist Raviv Ganchrow at Queen's in December. More on 2014-15 soon, and enjoy the rest of the summer in the city!