Urban smell enthusiasts
Leading a Family Smell-Walk at Manchester Science festival 2013 (photo credit: Chris Foster)
This blog has been developed with a specific focus upon relationships between smell and the city, and is updated by myself, Victoria Henshaw from the University of Sheffield, and author of the book ‘Urban Smellscapes’.
My interest in smell really started back in 2008 at the start of my PhD which was originally focussed upon the sustainable design on 24 hour cities (I worked for many years in city management and development before commencing my study). Based in an acoustics department, I was surrounded by people who were exploring the positive, as well as the negative, role that sound can play in city experiences and design, and from there my interest in the senses grew. I began to appreciate that smell in particular was very rarely considered to have a positive role to play in city life, and from that point onwards, my research focus changed. I finally graduated in 2011 having completed my doctoral thesis examining ‘The role of the sense of smell in urban design’.
This blog was first established in March 2012 following the hosting of an inter-disciplinary workshop on ‘Smell and the City’ at the University of Manchester. The session, which I organised in conjunction with colleagues Chris Perkins, Dominic Medway, Kate McLean, and Gary Warnaby, sought to bring together academics and professionals from a wide range of disciplines, to discuss olfactory experiences and design. The blog acts as a way of continuing the dialogue on this topic, seeking to harness the enthusiasm and interest expressed by people who have contacted me and providing a forum where discussions can further develop and grow.
Your comments and input are very much welcomed therefore if you would like to write a piece or contribute a link to an article, or promote details of a relevant event, please do email me at V.firstname.lastname@example.org, follow me on Twitter: @victoriahenshaw or follow my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SmellAndTheCity