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Made up ground: between the body and the built

Butt, A. (2022) Made up ground: between the body and the built. Architecture and Culture. ISSN 2050-7836 (In Press)

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This article is an exploration of made-up grounds, both those we walk upon and those we inhabit in the worlds of science fiction (sf). It is guided by Joan Slonczewski’s A Door Into Ocean which imagines an ocean world; a place where the ground is not pre-existent but must be continually constructed. It follows the characters of this novel to develop an attentiveness to the spatial and social significance of ground, in encounters that are traced onwards into other worlds of sf, architectural, and literary theory, and spatial practice. This article demonstrates how readings of sf can cast fresh strangeness onto issues of design and spatial justice, and support the construction of worlds made otherwise. By setting the grounds of the fictive world against, alongside, and in-between the ground of the given, it hopes to trouble the surface of the made-up ground on which we think we stand.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Architecture
Science > School of the Built Environment > Urban Living group
ID Code:94578
Uncontrolled Keywords:science-fiction; fiction; design; architecture; haptics; touch; senses
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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