Making sense of places: "Moral geographies" of sensory urbanism

Robert J. Rogerson, Gareth Rice

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    This paper explores the connections between whose representation of space, and whose modalities are 'desirable' as part of the design of public spaces. Drawing on the theoretical framework of Henri Lefebvre, we reiterate the importance of 'spatial practice' as a key tenet running right through the urban 'design control' process. Second, we examine the ways in which subsequent multi-modal representations of urban space might act as a rejoinder to questions raised by the 'moral geographies' literature, concluding that a consideration of 'moral geographies' offers one way to unlock the multi-modal qualities associated with a progressive sensory urbanism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)142-155
    Number of pages14
    JournalArchitectural Theory Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2009


    • representation of space
    • design
    • public spaces
    • spatial practice
    • urban design
    • moral geographies
    • urbanism
    • urban space


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