Architecture, Culture and Tectonics Research Group

ACT-Guest-Seminar-September 2020

ACT Teams - Office 365
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 (13:00-14:00)
For further information please contact Professor Jonathan Hale, or Sarah Taylor, Research Administrator
The Architecture, Culture & Tectonics Research Group warmly invites you
to attend their Virtual Seminar on Wednesday 2 September at 13:00pm.


 “Artist-in-residence: drawing during lockdown”


Drawing of a person sat on a seat (2)

 Guest Speaker: Dr Nicole Porter



Artist-in-residence uses the practice of observational drawing to generate original, direct insights into the lived experience of the covid19 lockdown in the UK. This project provides a detailed local view of the global pandemic as it unfolds, addressing key themes of mental health, social interaction / isolation, and the influence of physical environmental factors such as green space on well-being. A qualitative dataset of over 150 drawings has been produced between March – July 2020. The artist-in-residence drawings record daily life in a Midlands residential streetscape, as seen every day from the first floor window of a terrace house that overlooks a council-owned estate housing older persons. The dataset, and the proposed analysis and outputs arising from it, will re-contextualise existing quantitative statistics surrounding the pandemic by literally illustrating how everyday lives and residential landscapes, and perceptions / awareness of them, are transformed by lockdown. The work is being interpreted in relation to five emergent themes: 1. Framing space, 2. Observing things, 3. Seeing people, 4.Sensing time, and 5. Drawing as awareness.




Dr Nicole Porter (PhD PGCHE MARCH BPD FHEA) is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her workfocuses on the many values that humans associate with nature – ecological, philosophical, psychological, symbolic, spiritual, and economic – and interprets how these values are embodied in contemporary landscape design and policy. Current research interests include cross-cultural comparisons of biophilic design, national park design, integrating mindfulness and place-making for wellbeing and staring out the window at dog walkers, birds and the weather.
This virtual seminar will take place through ACT Teams - Office 365.  If you are not a member and would like to attend, please contact Sarah Taylor, Research Administrator, who can add your name.

Architecture, Culture and Tectonics

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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