Pomona - A History of Spatial Identity and Tensions Through the Design of an Edgeland
Pomona - an exploration of three different stages, lives and histories of a site in perpetual flux. This is a historical navigation, mapping the complex trajectory of a shape-shifting space; from rural to suburban, lurched into urbanity and momentous modernisation, plunged into post-industrial decline and re-invented as a somnolent edgeland, culminating anxiously in the anticipation of yet another dawn of redevelopment.
This is an intricate study of a fragment of land; a space, a place, a geographical location -decontextualized, broken down and rebuilt, ultimately commenting on macro change in the North West of England over the last two hundred and fifty years. Through Design History, the site exposes a visible concentration, a loaded, contextualised synthesis of a space, standing as a swollen, intensified microcosm. Pomona represents gargantuan progress, mechanisation and global power - simultaneously juxtaposed by the comparatively mundane, ebbs and flows of social life, small business, local economy and re-appropriation of space through personal, impromptu design tweaks.
A site of tension; of symbolic change, physical trauma and rupture that has and still is often overlooked; hidden under the sedentary guise of leisure, green open space, fresh air or forgotten, barren, emptiness. Pomona has been re-designed and re-invented countless times, and with every re-incarnation is unveiled, re-born with a new identity, seemingly shedding its previous skin, almost traceless, diluted in time, space and water.
School of Humanities
MA History of Design, 2017
Through my academic work, I aim to home into a particular place or space and contextualise it by delving into a broad ranging socio-historical research project, these temporal fragments and findings are then juxtaposed with critical theory. Ultimately, I try to showcase and articulate the tensions flexed between history and theory, and how these form the identity of physical space and place.
- MA History and Critical Thinking, The Architectural Association, 2014; BA (Hons) History of Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2013
- Outstanding Student Achievement Award HAD (MMU 2013)