Recomposing the City is delighted to announce that Gascia Ouzounian (Creative Arts) and Sarah Lappin (Architecture) have received an Early Career Research grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council of the UK. Their project, ‘Hearing Trouble: Sound Art in Post-Conflict Cities’, is a cross-disciplinary research project that seeks to better understand the urban environment through an examination of sound and sound art, focusing on the particular conditions of post-conflict cities undergoing rapid and radical change. Our research will focus on Berlin and Belfast, cities that support vibrant communities of sound artists and that have similar architecture and planning cultures.
Sarah and Gascia presented their work in Berlin on 16 September 2015 at the Errant Bodies Gallery to a group of sound artists, architects and academics. In October and November, they will conduct interviews with the sound art, architecture and planning communities as well as carrying out research in various Berlin-based archives.
Queen’s Master’s of Architecture students will join Sarah in late October for their study trip as part of the design studio unit Belfast Hopscotch, co-directed with Agustina Martire and Michael Corr, Director of PLACE Architecture Centre, Belfast.
In addition, Recomposing the City is thrilled to welcome Rachel O’Grady to the research team. Rachel is completing a PhD at the CASS School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University. Using live collaborative projects, her research has examined the interpretative possibilities of architectural ‘heritage’ in the city, and their creative potential. She has been working in three neighbourhoods in close proximity to the Taj Mahal in Agra, North India.
Rachel’s project the Buksh Museum of Hobbycraft: a collaboration with India-based NGO CURE received an ASF-International Honorary Mention Award this year. The next two phases of construction have been granted planning permission and the project continues.
Rachel studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and then LMU. Before her PhD research she worked for London architecture practices Penoyre & Prasad LLP and Wright & Wright Architects.