A need to understand suburbs…Why are suburbs important?84% of the UK population live in areas categorised as suburban today (Vaughan et al 2009) The UK’s suburbs are overlooked and poorly understoodThe word ‘suburb’ betrays their perceived status as places that are subordinate to the centreUrban policy has tended to treat them simply as extensions of towns and cities and as places where nothing changes, rather than as separate entities we can learn from, with their own particular characteristicsWhat understandings do we have Media perceptions – as bland ordinary places… - take a press quote..What is going on in Policy?A move to Localism and the devoulution of power to local people…. What does this mean? – also a focus on outer london areas as economic areas of importance Localism act. Real people real communities….Demos, Major of London outer london report… Focus on Adaptability- Historical development- Socio-spatial adaption
ALL RELATE TO MOVEMENTMaterial Cultural Heritage Networks of movement in the built environment, roads, paths and routes. Taken from Historical OS data…. Historical Business Directory Data. Shows the hertiage of use… what where the economic practices of various parts the built environement… PPGIS What do those meanings mean… how do we get at the social life, the ralationship of built envirnment, use and socail meaning and experience… the use of web tools in digitising oral histories and social heritage…
Intrfuction to space syntax as a measure of movement potentials…
Take the first four examples of the index we tried to catagorise (ash – can you talk about the various types of catagorisation that we thought trough here) What is a post office---Really it comes down to what you need to know…(WHAT THE RESEARCH QUESTION IS – multiple readings of the same data)Surbiton Post Office Picture
Advantages utilisation of web toolsCost saving of staff, Crowd Sourceing an archive… DisadvantagesIn social reseach you are only going to her the voices of those that are ‘enthusiats’. Hard to reach groups are less likely to use the tool. In all archive and historical based reseach the problem of memory recall is probleatic as people tend to remember the best parts or that which seems relivant to make an arugment or position valid todayThe tool limits the sorts of experience recorded and understood. The arial map makes point data more relivant than the memories of asthetics from street level, smells, touches, winds and other sites. Places and times seem to be remembered more. EthnographyAs these tools (PPGIS) are increasingly used the qquestion of why people would use them, how they use them and what is not recorded can be partly answered by ethnographic reseach, being with people as they build and use the archive. What is PPGIS, Explain the maps and examples of PPGIS… This is a building of an archive that doesn’t exist yet, a new tool in gathering oral histories, video and memories AdvantagesLimitations A new way of building an Archive.Open accessSave on time in gathering stories.Possibility to be used and accessed remotely. Who uses the tool.Memory recallTypes of experience recorded are limited.
Built env, social use and meaning to be understood togetherWe must move beyond static represenations of heritage, movements and chnages in them have to be understood also. A heritage of rythem…Combining Anth and Arch methods leads to deeper undertstandings.. Knowing place (catagorisation) depends on what you need to know, this will show you different places. When you move data from one material form to another – paper to digital/sound to digital sound/change the way that they are used and further used manipulated and understood we need to talk about the advantages and the disadvantages.Bringing interdisciplinary digital heritage creates opportunities for understanding but also the gaps in the integration/translation actually shows you new things and problematics of the meaning where new structures of information occur allowing interdisciplinary workIs not the means to an end but the ends to the mean
Adaptable Suburbs JISC GECO - 05/03/12
Why are suburbs important?What understanding do we have of therole of suburbs?What is going on in Policy/Politics?Adaptability?
Structure of the talkMaterial Culture Heritage - Structure of the built environmentHistoric Business Directories - Use of the built environmentPPGIS: Community Maps - Meanings of the built environment
Material Culture HeritageUnderstanding the urban built form throughtimeUsing network analysis we can gain insightinto:– Movement– Co-presence in space– Implications of the changes in structure of space through time
The Problem of Categorisation…Q – What is a Post Office? Financial Service? Depot? Retail? Community Service?