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Inhabiting New Commonscapes

Part 2 Project 2021
Mohamed Naseer
University of Plymouth | UK
Expanding scales of urbanisation, planetary roots of socio-economic issues, and climate breakdown make it necessary to challenge inherited understandings of our surroundings to make visible it’s changing and exclusionary nature, as well as potential, for local communities. Unfolding planetary urbanisation processes see new urban spaces emerge, notably across the sea, countering dominant perceptions of it as a ‘non-territory’ and ‘other’. The concept of the commons is proposed as a framework for appropriating and managing these spaces towards making them a new public realm, with Plymouth Sound National Marine Park speculatively proposed as a new commonscape.

Their nature and how they mediate land-sea relationships are further explored to figure ways of interaction and inhabitation. An inhabitable infrastructure is envisioned across the commonscape, becoming points of confluence and reconciliation between two contrasting urban systems. Infrastructure becomes a "loose scaffolding" hosting changing and indeterminate programs (Allen, 2001), with spaces for exploration, education, and experimentation occupying them, stemming from the context of the Marine Park and Plymouth and South Devon Freezone. The meeting point between land and sea then becomes an urban ecotone, allowing an intensity of new transactions and transitions between land and marine, through inhabitation of this new commonscape.

Mohamed Naseer

Tutor(s)
Mr Robert Brown
2021
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