Taking a chronological approach from 1945 onwards, it will introduce the idea of space as socially ‘produced’ – constructed and often contested by different groups over time. Alongside examples from architecture and design history, participants will also consider everyday practices which challenge and (re)produce space, such as playgrounds, self-build communities and local history groups.
Week 1 will introduce key ideas on space and place, focusing on the post-war city, self-build communities and the ‘right’ to inhabit and occupy land.
Week 2 will explore design for alternative living and sites of collective action. This session will consider how designers and practitioners were responding to shifting socio-political contexts, from post-war anxiety to the influence of pop culture in the making of radical alternatives.
Week 3 will examine how space can be represented, with a particular focus on the non-existent and imaginary. We will think about how different groups reimagine and relocate space and place.