Skip navigation

Public Lecture: Visiting Professor John Peponis, The Spacial Culture of Open Cities and the Interface of Scales

Room 209, Sutherland Building

-

John Peponis, Professor of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm

 

Synopsis

Space acts like a language by providing structured affordances for movement, access, view, co-presence or encounter. It is a medium in which we can design spatial relationships to accommodate desirable ways of life. Of particular importance to the spatial culture of different groups is the construction of interfaces between different conditions. These can be: individual and group work at the office; foreground and background in a museum; distinct brand identities and the collective character of shopping environments. The interface between local and global scales of organisation is fundamental to urban diversity, as they are continuously constructed and differentiated everywhere. This is opposed to additive design models which look at the city as an aggregation of distinct but connected parts, whether hierarchical or not. 

The lecture will discuss formal aspects of the definition and design of direct interfaces between local and global scales. It will conclude with the argument that the direct interface of scales is fundamental to the idea of the open city, a city that supports human fulfilment through its intelligible spatial structure.

 

About the Speaker

Professor Peponis currently holds the position of professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta GA. He is an international leader in the field of spatial analysis and one of the original creators of space syntax. He studies the principles and constraints that govern the generation of built form and its social, cultural and cognitive functions and his publications address the geometric and computational foundations of space syntax; the spatial culture of buildings and cities; design formulation and design languages; spatial cognition; work environments; museums.

 

To book a space, please complete the form below, for queries email nu.events@northumbria.ac.uk.

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

Event Details

Room 209, Sutherland Building
City Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NE1 8ST


-

0191 227 3702


+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria
+

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

+

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

The Cost of Design

Design History experts from around the world arrived at Northumbria University last week for…

Back to top