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I am a PhD researcher from Loughborough University and this is my page where I write about how we live within our urban world. I hope you enjoy reading it!
7 time World Rally Champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia take off at Rally Finland

A year ago today I published my most read essay, where I explained the spatial triad of Henri Lefebvre through the battle between school authorities and skateboarders over the use of the famous El Toro stair set in Southern California. What I love about Lefebvre’s concept is that it can be applied to practically anything, and practically anything can be applied to it — for everything that we do takes place in a form of space. Be it in physical, three dimensional space, in our own head spaces or in ‘cyberspace’. The way we interpret our world is via spatially.

A view of downtown L.A over the shoulder of Dodger Stadium, on a hazy with a peachy orange sky.
A view of downtown L.A over the shoulder of Dodger Stadium, on a hazy with a peachy orange sky.
Los Angeles, a city facing many potential shocks, with many internal stressors, is striving to be more resilient.

Resilience. Everything can be resilient. Well, it seems that way anyway. Everything, from yoghurt drinks, sofas and the worst excesses of British culture to cities, have all been associated with the qualities of resilience. For resilience is a word which, as a result of the pandemic, has casually slid into the everyday, into our consciousness and into our conversations. But, what do we mean when we speak of resilience? An easy question with an obvious answer perhaps, for doesn’t it just mean that you are hard to knock over, and when you are on the floor you bounce back on…

The allure of capital accumilation threatens to wrench some of Europe’s elite clubs from the communities which birthed them. This geographic dislocation has happened before in some of the world’s most important cities.

Tottenham Hotspur visit 8th tier Marine A.F.C in the FA Cup. A sight which will be entombed in the past if the European Super League takes off.

The currently evolving (at the time of writing) coup d’etat being undertaken by those involved with the nascent European Super League has, quite rightly, been derided as “an absolute disgrace” by no higher authority than Gary Neville. The former Man United and England defender, who has created a successful post-playing career as a pundit on Sky Sports, is in a nuanced position to lambast the, in his…

The days when one of architecture’s most controversial styles looks at its most resplendent

A photograph of a raw concrete tower from London’s Barbican Centre taken from ground level on a sunny, cloudless day.
A photograph of a raw concrete tower from London’s Barbican Centre taken from ground level on a sunny, cloudless day.
The Barbican Centre in London in all its sublimity.

This morning I awoke, like I often do, and fired up my laptop from which I lazily scrolled through the various news and sports websites; an act which encompasses the entirety of my pre-shower morning routine. During my virtual stroll from webpage to webpage, I came across Hannah Jane Parkinson’s joyous article That glorious mix of chilly air and clear, bright skies? There’s a word for that.

Walking Through the City by Pablo Lopez.

An ounce of information is worth a pound of data.

It’s not the specatcle of covid which brings it home, but rather the glancing interactions we have with it in person

To dryly summarise coronavirus in the most detached of detached academic language, the initial rise of the pandemic could be understood as a holistic shock event. Now, this cold use of abstract terminology obviously skirts above the reality experienced by billions of humans across the globe. Every nation, to varying degrees, has been impacted by the virus and all have been required to act through various measures and as a result, lives have been upended, jobs have been lost, economies plunged into recession and families torn asunder by distance, loss and grief. Therefore, to use academic terminology as a means…

A view of L.A over the shoulder of Griffith Observatory

This article contains spoilers for Netflix’s true crime docuseries Night Stalker. So only read if you have watched it or don’t care about finding out who did it…

The smart city industry is set to be worth $2 Trillion by 2025

The smart city is a phenomenon which is (and has been for the past decade) en vogue. Ranging from globally significant metropolises such as Singapore, to small local hubs, cities across the globe are turning to entwine technology and their infrastructure. The smart city industry is valued to be worth 2 trillion dollars by 2025 and appears to be in a state of perpetual expansion. So where did all this emanate from? …

Derive aims to expand our experiences and psychgeorgraphic understanding of the cities we call home

A defining element of urban life is the potential of chance encounters and seemingly endless possibility. Take Andre Breton’s surrealist novel Nadja as an example, where a chance meeting takes place between the narrator — also named Andre — and the eponymous Nadja, a fascinatingly complex muse who utterly engulfs the narrators affections and subsequently leads him, and thus the reader, on a surrealist bender for 10 days in 1920’s Paris. …

By its very definition, the smart city is an inherently technological phenomenon. Simply put, despite difference in context, all smart city projects share one common attribute — the utilisation of technology in the pursuit of increased efficiency and sustainability. The practice of which has created a US$1.56 Trillion industry. A more detailed definition, one which is widely accepted within academic circles to be the most accurate, comes from the University of Milan’s Andrea Caragliu, who states that a city is smart when “investments in human and social capital and traditional ICT infrastructure fuel a sustainable economic growth and a high…

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