Smell and the City

Urban smell enthusiasts

Event: Human City: A Place to Sense (Manchester 5 March 2014)

4x4 The Human City_poster_light

Next month, the Academy of Urbanism, RIBA North West, The Urban Design Group and the RTPI are joining forces in organising a series of events open to all and focussing upon human perspectives of the city. The series of four FREE sessions will run every Wednesday evening 6-8pm throughout March and will be hosted by Manchester-based performer and artist Michael Mayhew.

Each of the events considers the ordinary, everyday, every-person narrative that has become overshadowed in recent times by the smart, technological city. 4×4 (four evenings including four x 15 minute presentations) aims to promote a real debate about the state of our cities, stimulated by a diverse range of interesting speakers. Every Wednesday throughout March, the sessions will explore specific themes relating to human urban experience as outlined below (click on the titles to link to the relevant web-pages on the 4×4 site), and will take place in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road (Lecture Theatre 3, G.36) Directions here.

SENSE – 5th March 2014

RECORD – 12th March 2014

PLAY – 19th March 2014

CHANGE – 26th March 2014

I am delighted to be presenting at the first event examining city experiences gained through the senses: how we taste, hear, smell, see and feel the city. Fellow speakers at this first event include Rae Story, who completed her PhD on auditory hallucinations, restaurateur Andy Spraklen of Ning Restaurant, and speakers from Foodcycle, a food recycling project.

Although each of the events is free to attend with booking not required, I suspect they will be very well attended so arrive early to secure a seat!

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All of the events have been organised in association with the Cornerhouse and People Staring, and supported by: URBED, BDP, Turley Associates, Taylor Young, the Manchester School of Architecture and Hobs Reprographics.


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This entry was posted on February 18, 2014 by in Smell and the City Project.
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