COMMON/ SQUATTED/ AUTONOMOUS/ MUNICIPAL/ PUBLIC SPACE

A collaboration between Ursula Dimitriou of Synthetica and Designer Mary Ikoniadou of Future Anecdotes. The poster was presented on the Lost in Space interdisciplinary workshop at UCL on 2nd and 3rd December 2010, organised by the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience of UCL and the Centre for Evolutionary Computing in Architecture of UEL.

The workshop hosted debates, ideas and notions of space. The purpose was to provide a platform from which typically disparate disciplines considering spatial issues may ‘find’ one another in order to discuss, debate and develop ideas on space.

The poster titled ‘COMMON /SQUATTED /AUTONOMOUS /MUNICIPAL /PUBLIC SPACE’ explored the notion of space as a social construction.

‘Space is a critical aspect of our everyday lives: it is one of the basic underlying organisational systems for all living things. Many disciplines are concerned with notions of space and consider its role in their specific studies, but these are commonly confined within their particular fields. For example: Philosophical enquiries proffer notions of space as a ‘thing’, its relation to time, geometry and society, and how space may be perceived dynamically in relation to the user, society, place and complexity. Fields such as environmental psychology, behavioural neuroscience, animal (spatial) cognition, and cybernetics provide insights into the cognition, perception and organisation of space, in order to help understand the mechanisms through which behaviour emerges as well as how we behave and respond to space and context. Spatial organisation has been shown to be a significant aspect of social (animal and human) groups and insect societies, as well as abiotic components. The concept of collective intelligence is utilised significantly in various fields of research to demonstrate patterns of spatial organisation, through computer simulations and modelling: offering exciting means for developing and representing spatial properties.’

(Extract from the workshop’s site)

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