Using arebyte Gallery's exhibition World Capital by Felicity Hammond (25th April - 18th May) as a starting point, Monica Degen, Clare Melhuish and Adam Brown discuss computer generated architectural propositions, the implications of physically mimicking the digital and the conflict between the local and the international in the narrative of contemporary architectural design.
Dr Clare Melhuish is Director and Senior Research Associate in the UCL Urban Laboratory. Her current research focuses on the role of university spatial development projects in urban regeneration and the production of cosmopolitan urbanism in the UK and abroad, and conceptualisations of urban heritage within transformative processes of change in multicultural cities.
Adam Brown is Senior Lecturer in Photography at London South Bank University and is a member of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image. His research expands on a long-standing interest in the politics of the photographic representation of the built environment.
Dr Monica Degen is a Reader in Cultural Sociology at Brunel University London. Her research analyses the politics of space with an emphasis on the ways sensory, temporal and emotional dimensions underpin urban culture and politics. She is particularly interested in how processes of urban change are planned, marketed and experienced and she has worked internationally on these issues. Her most recent project is exploring the future development of the Smithfield market area in London, see sensorysmithfield.com