Exploring “Genius Loci/Sense of Place” Workshops – Urban Spaces of London: XXX

“A place is a space which has a distinct character. Since ancient times the genius loci, or ‘spirit of place’, has been recognised as the concrete reality man has to face and comes to terms in his daily life. Architecture means to visualise the genius loci, … The place represents architecture’s share in truth. The place is the concrete manifestation of man’s dwelling, and his identity depends on his belonging to places… “.

(Christian Norberg-Schulz, 1979. Genius Loci Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture. Rizzoli: New York)

Workshop series “Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ – Urban Spaces of London: XXX” is the field survey of an ongoing mixed research project about individuals’ discovery of a sense of place in the urban spaces of London and the way they express their perception. SPACE Studies of Planning and Architecture invites not only urban sketchers, architects, artists, photographers, writers, urban designers and sociologists but also anyone who has a desire to experience the City and to try new ways to express their ideas.

Each Urban Space chosen is hosting two workshops; one during the week and one at the weekend to enable participants to find a suitable time to join. Every workshop starts at 10am at the meeting point given and ends at 4pm. In between, the workshop has an information session about the genius loci, or ‘sense of place’, walking and discussion tours and a production period. All the works produced during the workshops will be exhibited by SPACE and be published according to the Research Project’s plan with ISBN by Space Studies Publications.

Participants need to bring their own materials according to whatever they wish to produce or note from the workshop. Materials could include sketchbooks, pens/pencils, watercolours, cameras, notebooks and so forth. Please note that the workshop will be held on streets, so the materials should be appropriate for carrying and working in street conditions.

*Please note that the workshops will go ahead whatever the weather and the tickets are non-refundable/transferable.

St Katharine Docks

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: St Katharine Docks” will be held on 18th January 2019 and 26th January 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at Starbucks Coffee, Cloister walk, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 1AT at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

Oxford Street

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: Oxford Street” will be held on 2nd February 2019 and 13th February 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at Oxford Street Underground Station, Oxford St, Soho, London W1B 3AG at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

Covent Garden

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: Covent Garden” will be held on 16th February 2019 and 27th February 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at Covent Garden Underground Station, Long Acre, London WC2E 9JT at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

St James Park

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: St James Park” will be held on 2nd March 2019 and 13th March 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at Royal Artillery Memorial, London SW1A 2SH at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

Piccadilly Circus

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: Piccadilly Circus” will be held on 27th March 2019 and 30th March 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at Piccadilly Circus Travel Information Centre, Piccadilly, London W1J 9HS at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

Trafalgar Square

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: Trafalgar Square” will be held on 10th April 2019 and 13th April 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at Pret A Manger, 62-65 Trafalgar Square, St. James’s, London WC2N 5DS at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

Liverpool Street

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: Liverpool Street” will be held on 8th May 2019 and 11th May 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at Liverpool Street Underground Station, Liverpool St, London EC2M 7PP at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

King's Cross

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: King’s Cross” will be held on 22nd May 2019 and 25th May 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at King’s Cross Underground Station, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AL at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.

South Kensington

“Exploring ‘Genius Loci/Sense of Place’ Workshop – Urban Spaces of London: South Kensington” will be held on 5th June 2019 and 8th June 2019. The workshops include;

  • Meeting at South Kensington Station, Pelham St, Kensington, London SW7 2NB at 10 AM,
  • Information about genius loci/sense of place,
  • Walking tour,
  • Discussions,
  • Producing works.