Making sense of the city: representing the multi-modality of urban space

Raymond Lucas, G.M. Mair, Ombretta Romice

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This project emerged from a previous multidisciplinary Designing for the 21st Century project - Design Imaging. The original project explored ways in which the full range of our senses would be exploited to assist with the design process. Discussions on multisensory and multimodal design led to a number of avenues being identified for further research. One in particular, that of representing urban space in multisensory manner was the subject of a successful second-round grant application from the Departments of Architecture and Design, Manufacture, and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde.
The urban environment is experienced through each of our senses. Despite this, urban design practices and urban representation have focused their attention on the visual. This project posits the thesis that a fuller urban environment can be designed by attending multiple sensory modalities, by giving equal weight to the aural, the tactile, the olfactory, the gustatory, the haptic, the kinetic and the thermal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning for the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Methods and Findings
EditorsTom Inns
Place of PublicationSurrey
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2010


  • business and society
  • future design talent
  • urban space

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  • Projects


    Mair, G. & Sonne, W.

    AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)


    Project: Research

  • Activities

    • 1 Organiser of major conference

    Multimodal Representation of Space

    Ombretta Romice (Organiser)
    8 Jan 20089 Jan 2008

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

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    Lucas, R., Mair, G. M., & Romice, O. (2010). Making sense of the city: representing the multi-modality of urban space. In T. Inns (Ed.), Designing for the 21st Century : Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings (Vol. 2, pp. 190-208). Surrey.