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Visual and material cultures of cities

The city is simultaneously a real and imagined place.  What we call 'the urban' emerges from the mutually constitutive relationship between 'the real' (the city as a physical space, networked condition, and site of accumulations) and 'the imagined' (how we perceive, mediate, and make sense of the city that surrounds us).  Thus, our understanding of cities takes shape at the nexus of the visual and material realms.  Much of my work explores this nexus, both in terms of how the city is envisioned in professional practices such as planning and architecture, and how the material forms and spaces of the city shape our urban imaginaries.  I am interested both in the representation of the city, as well as representations deployed in the city through advertising, exhibition, planning documents, and other practices.

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