Student Choice Awards nomination

Oh so delighted to have been nominated in the Inspiring Teaching Delivery category of this year's Education Awards at UCL. This nomination is particularly meaningful because it has been put forward by students of the Bartlett School of Architecture (it's the Student Choice Award) and because it comes in this online teaching year. Shout-outs to …

Out late and dirty: curfews and the covid city

One of the main losses resulting from covid lockdowns and curfews has been that of rights to disorder, mischief, debauchery, and any number of afterhours activities which take place among people. To respond to the thresholds theme of the new Borderland journal, I propose to inhabit the time-space of curfews and lockdowns, and confront their moral authority through …

Winter Walls of India

“Power, Paint and Public Walls” was my six-day endeavour with Sprya Sharma and 25 students from CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India. Taught online under an intensive "winter school" format, the course aimed to develop a multidisciplinary reading of contemporary cities by examining walls, surfaces, graffiti, street art, advertising and other types of wall writing. The …

Power, Paint and Public Walls Winter School

I will be teaching a week-long winter course at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India (well, online) with my colleague Sprya Sharma. Sprya is an architect who has been researching wall drawings in her region (particularly the fascinating Madhubani paintings), and the two of us work with similar wall-reading tools, which we are going to bring …

Leake Street research wins Jon Prosser Award 2020 for outstanding work in visual methodologies

My Leake Street repeat photography research project has won the International Visual Sociology Association's Prosser Award for outstanding work in visual methodologies. The Prosser award is offered annually to emerging scholars from the social sciences, arts, humanities (and architecture!) and supports the development of qualitative visual research methods. I am very pleased that this project …

Covid surfaces. Public walls in lockdown London (2)

Soho / Chinatown It was eerie yet energising to see my favourite part of town all boarded up. There is a hopeful paradox in this state of suspension, as the activity behind the boards has ceased, yet the street is hammered at and activated with intense works, the kind of which I have never seen …