'Loose Ends and Missing Links': Learning Journeys in the Postdigital City

David Overend*, Suzanne Ewing, Dan Swanton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Encountering the city as a site for learning, this chapter enacts an intervention in the postdigital environment of an urban field site. The chapter responds to the learning activities undertaken by students participating in the course Cities as Creative Sites: Urban Studio at the University of Edinburgh. It presents a series of creative prompts for the reader to use as they make their way through the contemporary city. Following Doreen Massey, urban space is understood as radically open to new configurations and relationships, which have the potential to become equitable and convivial. This chapter documents and practices some of the ways in which postgraduate students respond to, and remake, the city through a series of experiments that provoke reflection around their digital, material and embodied environment. The learning activities of students are recognised as constitutive of urban sites, which are created through relational interactions with various technologies, networks, systems and processes. As the reader takes this postdigital document on a journey through physical and virtual spaces, they are invited to participate in the collection of actions, interventions and projects that have been developed for, and in response to Cities as Creative Sites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPostdigital Learning Spaces
EditorsJames Lamb, Lucila Carvalho
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Jan 2024


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