Research in the globalscape : conceptual tools for understanding sites

Nevarez, Julia and Capitanachi, Clio and Alcantara, Denise and Pall Wandersman, Jeffrey and Scheld, Suzanne and Bechtel, Bob and Kijanenko, Constatine and Taplin, Dana and Marans, Robert and Salama, Ashraf M and Mitrany, Michael and Mazundar, Sanjoy (2004) Research in the globalscape : conceptual tools for understanding sites. In: EDRA 35 : 35th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association, 2004-06-02 - 2004-06-06.

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[[WORKSHOP Within EDRA 35, 2004: Design With Spirit Moderated by Julia Nevarez with contributions from Denise Alcantara, Clio Capitanachi, Jeffrey Pall Wandersman, Suzanne Scheld, Bob Bechtel, Constatine Kijanenko, Dana Taplin, Robert Marans, Ashraf M. Salama, Michael Mitrany, and Sanjoy Mazundar]] Purposes and objectives: While previous workshops have deal with urban research methodologies, this workshop will help uncover those conceptual tools used in the study of environments. While the epistemological foundations of research include a consideration for the origins, methods and limits of knowledge, this workshop will focus on the methods and discuss concepts and spatial metaphors used to speak of the city. Explicitly and implicitly conceptual tools, such as spatial metaphors help to advance the analysis of urban phenomena. Little explanation is given to the underlying conceptual and spatial metaphors of urban though. This workshop will attempt at uncovering the epistemologies produced by the craft of research in the global context by 1) presenting research in specific sites, 2) identifying and describing the spatial metaphors used in the analysis of cities and other settled areas, and 3) examining the discourses these spatial metaphors represent. Expected outcomes: This workshop seeks to offer a platform where to discuss the conceptual tools used in urban research, specifically spatial metaphors that help the analysis of the city and other settled areas. The workshop also seeks to identify the discourses from which these spatial metaphors emerge as a way to advance our awareness of how knowledge is obtained through research. An identification of concepts and spatial metaphors will help identify the possible benefits and limitations of using such conceptual and analytical tools in the production of knowledge about the urban environment. Plans to involve the audience:A reference list and selection of readings will be distributed to participants. There will be three presentations by workshop members that will provide examples of conceptual tools used in the analysis o furban research. A group exercise will help participants in different subgroups identify other conceptual tools that they use in their current research. An open group discussion about the sub-group activities will follow.List of possible participants: Denise Alcantara, Clio Capitanachi, Jeffrey Pall Wandersman, Suzanne Scheld, Bob Bechtel, Constatine Kijanenko, Dana Taplin, Robert Marans, Ashraf M. Salama, Michael Mitrany, and Sanjoy Mazundar.