For the Mediated City Research Programme, AMPS has teamed up with Intellect Books, Bristol, UK. With a record in media studies and an expanding concern with design, Intellect offer researchers engaging with this program publishing opportunities in its Mediated City book series. The series editor is AMPS director, Dr. Graham Cairns.
Book Titles include:
Digital Futures and the City of Today: New Technologies and Physical Spaces.
ISBN: 978-1-78320-560-8. Purchase here
The infrastructure and experience of the modern city are now interwoven with an invisible matrix of technologies and media. In this paradigm shifting time, this book examines aspects of today’s hybrid environments from the perspective of architects, designers, technologists, communities and societal activists.
Keywords: Digital, city, media, community, design, urbanism
In the contemporary city the physical infrastructure of the previous two millennia and the sensorial experience that has accompanied humans throughout our existence is now interwoven with an invisible digital matrix. This matrix alters our perception of the city, informs our behaviours and increasingly influences the physical designs we propose. It is also changing the nature of the design process itself by allowing more people to be involved; a greater range of voices to be heard and more complex interactions between users to be imagined. Obviously, it also integrally links the very tools architects and planners use in the design process.
In this potentially paradigm shifting time, this book slices through the various issues and areas of activity for architects, designers, media specialists, communities and activists concerned with the futures of our cities. Split into three related sections, it offers overviews of the hybrid phenomenon that is the modern digital or smart city; examines live projects active across the world; documents experimental visions and ideas on the future of the hybrid metropolis; and finally presents experimental projects engaging local communities in design through new technologies. In short, the book offers a multifaceted view of the complex integrated phenomenon that is the contemporary hybrid city.
Filming the City: Urban Documents, Design Practices & Social Criticism Through the Lens.
ISBN: 978-1-78320-554-7. Purchase here
This book breaks the mould of books on film and architecture by bringing together filmmakers, architects, designers, media specialists and video artists. It offers insights in three areas: film as design practice; film criticism; and film as architectural/urban arena of theoretical analysis.
Keywords: Film, architecture, urbanism, design, criticism, theory
This book brings together the work of filmmakers, architects, designers, media specialists and video artists. It offers three prisms through which to examine and use the medium of film in the context of the city. It gives commentaries of particular films and their social and urban relevance; it offers historical and contemporary criticisms of both film and urbanism from conflicting perspectives; and it documents examples of how to actively use the medium of film in the design of our cities, spaces and buildings.
Giving a sense of the diversity of interactions between the medium of architectural-urban design and the medium of film it is ideal for readers from both fields. For those coming from a spatial design background the tropes and possibilities of film as a tool and a documentary medium will be explored. For those coming from a film-media background the multiple possibilities of film as a visual backdrop, narrative theme or conceptual tool will be examined.
Imaging the City: Art, Creative Practices and Media Speculations.
ISBN: PB: 978-1-78320-557-8. Purchase here
This book brings together designers, artists, dancers and media specialists to present artistic considerations of how we perceive, imagine, experience and how we might design the city. Most are in essay format, but a number use alternative templates: stream of consciousness speculations, dialogues, and poetic treatises.
Keywords: city, art practice, new media, photography, urbanism
This book crosses the borders of design and artistic practices to investigate how we perceive the city; how we imagine it; experience it and how we might design it. It breaks disciplinary boundaries to provocatively open the field of urban analysis and thought to the perspectives and approaches of creatives from non-urban disciplines.
The book is split into three sections that cover theoretical, research and practice based approaches to documenting, recording and impacting upon the city through various media formats. It includes examinations of how our perception and engagement with urban environments are changed by interactions with new media, and actual case studies of art practices and projects that engage with the city.
Its authors are international and bring insights from art practices and their engagement with the city from Australia, the UK, the US and the Middle East. It offers an original mix of insights on the work of new digital technology artists, and more traditional visual media artists such as documentary photographers. The book thus reveals fascinating glimpses of practices that are frequently overlooked in academic publications. The result, of this approach is that this book represents one of the first overviews of the role of artists, an in particular digital artists, in the domain of urban design and documentation that explicitly places them on a par with colleagues from standard architecture and urban fields.
Submissions to this series are currently via the conference:
Special Journal Publications:
In addition to this book series the Architecture_MPS journal will publish a series of Special Issue Publications that collate together relevant and insightful essays in full article format.
A sample of these are available here:
Brett Snyder and N. Claire Napawan
Image by Geralt