AMPS is research group promoting global events, regional topics & local debates on multiple inseparable subjects.
Architecture_MPS is the research group’s monthly journal. It publishes nine monthly issues during the academic year.
For the academic year 2015-16, it is engaged in the following:
Obsolescence and Renovation – 20th Century Housing
14-15 December, 2015
Housed by Choice, Housed by Force: conflict and conflicting interests
21-22 January, 2016
Digital-Cultural Ecology and the Medium Sized City ……………
13-14 April 2016 (TBC)
Future Housing – Global Cities and Regional Problems
09-10 June 2016
For more information: Conferences
Digital Futures and the City of Today: New Technologies and Physical Spaces.
The physical infrastructure and sensorial experience of the modern city are now interwoven with an invisible digital matrix of technologies and media. In this potentially paradigm shifting time, this book examines the various aspects of today’s hybrid environments from the perspective of architects, designers, media specialists, technologists, communities and societal activists.
Filming the City: Urban Documents, Design Practices & Social Criticism Through the Lens.
This book breaks the mould of books on film and architecture by bringing together filmmakers, architects, designers, media specialists and video artists. It offers new insights in three areas: film as a design practice; film criticism; and film as a form of architectural/urban arena of theoretical analysis.
Imaging the City: Art, Creative Practices and Media Speculations.
ISBN: PB: 978-1-78320-557-8
This book brings together designers, artists, dancers and media specialists to present artistic considerations of how we perceive the city; how we imagine it; experience it; and how we might design it. Most are the standard essay formats, but a number use alternative templates: stream of consciousness speculations, dialogues, and poetic treatises.
For more information: Mediated City – Publications
Housing – Critical Futures
A three year long research, event and publication initiative.
Housing – Critical Futures confronts a critical issue at a critical time. In London, a leading capital of global finance, there is a chronic shortage of affordable housing for those that service ‘the service’ sector. The crisis is at levels not seen since World War II. In Bejing, capital of the 21st century’s political powerhouse, the displacement of long-standing communities is a daily occurrence. In Mumbai, the biggest health risk faced by the city today has been identified as overcrowded housing, while in São Paulo, football’s 2014 World Cup took place against a backdrop of community unrest and the chronic living conditions of the poor. The private sector, the state and residents themselves are searching for solutions. Whether housing refugees in conflict areas, providing safe water to the households in the developing world, or ensuring key workers can live in the cities they support in the West, the question of housing is not only global, but critical.
More information: Housing – Critical Futures
The Mediated City
An on-going set of research, event and publication series.
The Mediated City Programme aims to build up a diverse range of knowledge around this hybrid and contested subject. By positioning the city as a dual physical and mediated phenomenon it seeks to instigate dialogue, engagement and interaction between thinkers, researchers and practitioners from diverse fields. For architects the city can still be a question of constructed buildings – a physical entity, whilst for human geographers it is a place of human interaction and engagement. Similarly, for filmmakers it may be a site for action and futuristic nightmare, whilst for animators and computer programmers it becomes a virtual world – a second life, a SIMulated city. For sociologists, it is a defining aspect of cultural identity, whilst for political activists and theorists, it is a place to ‘occupy’ and the site of the polis. This programme builds on the work of all these players to more fully understand the nature of the modern urban experience.
More information: The Mediated City