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***The urban room research will begin in three separate locations in Bristol in early 2016. If you require further information about the project or wish to be removed from any potential footage then please contact me. This is a piece of design research conducted as part of the UWE Masters of Architecture programme.

Urban room, Bristol


The urban room was a piece of design research I carried out where I attempted to create a room in an urban environment. The research was prompted by readings on urban induced conditions, i.e. agoraphobia. In an attempt to understand why people may be intimidated by large urban spaces I studied theories of existentialism and how our perception of space is formed. My research aims to alter this perception of space and re-associate people with their urban environments through an intervention that acts as a transitional space between the home and the public urban realm. I aim to blur the line between public and private space by creating a 'room' that will be as transparent and permeable as possible so as to remain a part of the larger urban environment yet still retain a sense of enclosure. The research will help us to learn from the failings of modernist architecture that distanced itself from phenomenology and made assumptions about human perception rather than conducting experiments and research. This research will be implemented in a series of urban spaces in Bristol where I will record social interaction with the intervention through photography and film.

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