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Alisha Olson attended the Civic Innovation Challenge event . Participants voted on issues in 4 areas . Top issues will be submitted to the .

It's great to be at HQ speaking to potential students about our programmes. We've also got one of our current giving a tour of our Virtual Learning Environment

David Gardner welcoming guests to the first Third Thursday event of 2019. Thanks to our sponsor.

Thanks to all our European SPIE colleagues who stopped by the stand today to discuss and share their knowledge and to all of those we've spoken to as well. Looking forward to a great year ahead!

A call out to One SPIE Fair attendees - come and see how SPIE UK are helping optimise the to improve where people work, learn and live

Team SPIE UK set up and ready to talk to colleagues at the annual One SPIE Fair 2019!

🚨CALL FOR PAPERS🚨 BEPAM invites articles for its upcoming special issue on ' 4.0 and ' - deadline for papers is the 15th April 2019!

Thank you for an insightful ‘State of the Market’ event last night! We heard from key industry thinkers on potential opportunities and challenges for London's in 2019. are ready to play our part to ensure in 2019!

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Today SPIE UK colleagues are exhibiting at the annual One SPIE Fair that brings together 500 SPIE employees from across Europe to network, share their insights and expertise

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It's time - the Manager of the Year Awards are now open for nominations! A highlight of the calendar, these are the only sector awards to celebrate the achievements of the person, not the project. Could you be 2019?

Tonight I’m speaking about my PhD research on the panel for Architecture is good for you coordinated by New Architects Melbourne! Queen Vic Gardens 7-8:30pm.

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Evening landscape shoot for a client. Arrived to a house that I built 8 plus years ago. Seems to be holding up really well. Home owner starting asking technical questions! Could actually help them out. #california #landscapephotography #builtenvironment #construction #remember#fullsailproductions (at Calabasas, California)

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Bartlett School of Architecture undergraduate student Charlie Redman  won this year’s AJ Small Projects Award for Welcoming Shelter. This structure provides a flexible outdoor dining space for a community garden in Kings Cross. The lightweight structure, realised with the help of Arup, can be opened using a double movement mechanism allowing the roof section to pivot around a central axis whilst simultaneously opening the front section.


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Built Environment

Intensively studying the architecture of rooftops and placement of specific items, Karen Dohm uses several techniques to analyze public verses private space in Pueblo housing. She focuses heavily on the elevation of different rooftops, commenting on how higher degrees of elevation will provide for greater levels of privacy because there is less visibility of the rooftops from the inner spaces. She also analyzes how deep within the housing certain rooms are and deems the innermost rooms as more private because they are further away from the outside world. The other technique Dohm uses is the evaluation of  personal items within spaces. Enclosed areas that have many objects with great significance (religious, practical, or personal) are typically considered more “private”. Ambiguous spaces include those that have some visibility from the outside world (such as lower rooftops), yet still hold personal items that are meant only for private usage. Dohm largely gets at this complexity of public and private spaces by placing it in a larger spatial and historical context, mentioning how this sort of tension is present in not only one particular Pueblo housing, but also in “world-wide architectural studies”. 

Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga, in their critique of visual representations of the US-Mexico Border Wall, denounce the common, mainstream misconceptions of the culture of Border Wall neighborhoods in the media and popular opinion. Most photo-essays of the US-Mexico border have conformed to a general view of moonscape, poverty, militarization, and overall despair; Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga move beyond these popular assumptions by capturing the life and celebration in the areas in close proximity to the Wall with numerous photographs of joyful human interaction and greenscape. They build an environment that reveals that many Southern Texans actually enjoy the culture of their area, contrary to what much of the rest of the nation feels towards the Wall. They reveal, furthermore, the political implications and opinions of the residents, mentioning the overall consensus of the Southern Texans to not strengthen the wall whatsoever.


Architecture and Privacy in Pueblo Housing
Karen M. Dohm

Analyzing archival pictures and historical maps (a house block a the southwest edge of Zuni), Dohm showed how the architecture of the buildings create a separation between private and public spaces. Private spaces usually lack windows and exterior doors, making them ‘defensible spaces’ that have a low probability for surveillance) (Dohm 5). Most photos depicted public spaces because photographers could only get access to public and semi-public spaces due to the fact that they are ‘social others’. Dohm also discussed  “ambiguous spaces” that are not completely public or private, an example of which is the rooftop. Rooftops, when compared to street-level rooms, can be more private when they are surrounded by walls. Rooftops that lack surrounding walls are more open and thus less private, allowing a higher probability of surveillance. The height of the rooftops can also contribute to their levels of privacy, higher rooftops are more private whereas lower rooftops are less private due to a higher degree of visual access by ‘others’. 

Beyond Surveillance and Moonscapes: An Alternative Imaginary of the U.S.—Mexico Border Wall
Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga

Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga repeatedly mentioned, “there are no people in this picture” when critiquing popular media representations of the border. Border patrol agents, train of walls, and barbed fences are also common elements in popular media representations of the border, as if the border is a war frontier. Opposing the popular media representations that the border is a desolate place, Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga argued that the border is a vibrant and “verdant space where people create community and celebrate family”. They documented the social life and activities at the border and even featured how the green lands change to brown land as construction for the border proceeds. However, they did not include pictures of people’s daily activity on the board as they mentioned in words “such depictions contradict our everyday experience of the border in the Rio Grande Valley, where one is as likely to see a field of corn growing as a family picnicking at a neighborhood park beside the river.” The photos included in the literature were mostly annual events rather than everyday activities. Nevertheless, through the photographer’s lens, we can see some level social activity on the border and acknowledge that it is not a dead space. 

The “Built environment” of the border captured by Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga showed more foliage and social dynamics happening at the border in contrast to the ‘moonscape’ representation of the border depicted by the mainstream media. The border became a new area for activity. People who came for activist activity formed a community of their own. As Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga stated, “the U.S.–Mexico borderlands thrive not only as deserts but also as binational communities, wildlife refuges, and nodes of hemispheric trade. While the border region presents a set of law enforcement challenges, it is also a community and a place where many people choose to live and love,” the border is not merely a dead zone.

In her article on Pueblo Housing, Karen Dohm uses previously established anthropological concepts to analyze the private and public spaces within pueblo housing. For example, she uses the idea that food storage is a typically private activity and that welcoming guests is typically a public activity to approach her analysis of the pueblo houses. She also uses the established concept of defensibility in relation to privacy to analyze the private spaces in the houses — such as how the roofs of the houses are most defensible, and therefore the most private spaces. Dohm numerically coded the different spaces based on how defensible (and therefore how private) they are. She describes the different spaces as more or less private, and so there are some ambiguous spaces that are not at either end of the spectrum. For example, food preparation is not a public event, but is done outside the house.

           In “Beyond Surveillance and Moonscapes: An Alternative Imaginary of the U.S. — Mexico Border Wall”, Dorsey and Diaz-Barriga criticize the previous methods of portraying the region along the Mexico/US border, which characterized the space either as a site for surveillance or as a moonscape, without showing the vivacity of the neighboring communities. They wrote, “Such depictions contradict our everyday experience of the border in the Rio Grande Valley” and so they instead chose to “depict this region as a verdant space where people create community and celebrate family.” They showed the build environment of the surrounding areas which specifically included life, nature, families and the local park rangers. Many of those environments were threatened by the wall, such as a property that would soon be divided by the wall and a nature preserve that already was divided by the wall.