Polyvocalism and the public: ‘doing’ a critical historical geography of architecture’

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Loretta Lees' recent call for a 'critical geography of architecture' argued that a more nuanced and truly interpretative methodology for analysing the relationship between space, place and architecture would involve active engagement with such architectural spaces. This paper argues that, in the same way, by broadening our approach to historical and architectural geographies more meaningful interpretations will result. Utilizing a 'polyvocal' methodological approach, by which not only architects and planners but also residents of these spaces are considered as important actors, will facilitate this 'critical' engagement with architectural spaces. Further, by taking this polyvocal approach, interesting conclusions can be reached about the production, consumption and re-production of space, both in the past and also in the present.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationArea
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • architecture
  • critical geography
  • polvocalism
  • oral history
  • Kensal House
  • historiography


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