Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

The View from the Walk: Suburban Drifting as Aesthetic Practice

Research Seminar by visiting speaker, Prof Giulio Giovannoni, Dept of Architecture, Universita' di Firenze

Suburbs are usually experienced while sitting in the car: to us they basically are a cinematic city. The perceptual and aesthetic experience of driving along highways has been studied and described by a number of scholars from Kevin Lynch to Richard Ingersoll to David Clarke, to name just a few, and plays a central role in literature and movies. Walking in suburbs is instead a totally unusual practice. However, it is everything but new: it has predecessors in the Parisian flanêurie as well as in situationist drifts, and it is well-rooted in the longstanding European tradition of politically-engaged walks. Such practice is also vital to understanding the complex and multiple realities of the suburban world, a world that is too often considered by political and media discourse as a non-place. Using a range of sources - from literary and filmic texts to the outputs of suburban drifts conducted with students of the School of Architecture of Florence – this seminar discusses the relevance of suburban walking as analytic and political tool. For more information, see:

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 1.00 pm
Location: CACSSS Seminar Rm, ORB G27
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr Silvia Ross
021 490 2335

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