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AHRC Sensory Cities London Workshop 23/24th October 2015


On the 23/24th of October the first international AHRC Sensory Cities took place in London. On the first day we had range of presentations and discussion around the importance of the senses in the built environment and in urban planning. Presentations included (podcasts will be uploaded in the next few weeks on this website): Euan […]

London workshop – Introduction (video)


Chris Miele (Montagu Evans LLP) “Measuring change in a changing city: Understanding London’s expansion” (video)


Chris Miele described the ways in which sensory perception informed his work on the London View Management Framework and the methods his consultancy uses to assess the effects on new developments on the perception of places.

Kathrine McLean (artist, Royal College of Art): “Invisible, Erratic, Ephemeral: Lives of Urban Smells” (video)


Kate McLean discussed how the lived experience of smell can be represented by focusing on some of her work. Her work tries to capture the ephemeral and temporal nature of smells in urban environments.

Raymond Lucas (School of Architecture, Manchester University) “Sensory Notations” (video)


Raymond Lucas discussed his work on the sensory notation radar chart and how this can be used to understand the sensory make up of places.

Maria Herrera (project officer, City of London) “Designing for the senses in the public realm” (video)


Maria Herrera presented the work done by the Environmental Enhancement Team within the City of London. In particular she looked at the challenges that thinking and taken into account the sensory experiences of place bring to develop a enhanced urban realm and engaging encounter with public spaces.

Alex Rhys-Taylor (Goldsmith College) “Fried Chicken and Flat Whites: Olfactory Agents of Demographic Change” (video)


Alex Rhys-Taylor presented his work on the ways in which multisensory ambiences play into the socio-economic stratification of areas. Focusing on Whitechapel Road he contrasted the ways in which the sensory experiences of fried chicken shops and coffee shops cater for different social groups and the tensions that emerge around whose aesthetic codes are allowed to prevail in public spaces.

Caroline Pembroke and Mahbubul Anam (Whitechapel Vision Delivery Team, Tower Hamlets Council) “Whitechapel High Street Regeneration” (video)


Caroline Pembroke and Mahbubul Anam discussed the key features of the regeneration of Whitechapel High Street. In particular how they need to take into account the senses to curate for different user groups and stakeholders in the regeneration process.  

Workshop – images day 1


Museum of London – Guided sensory walk


Some impressions

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