Selection of Projects

The Conversation, Spain

Article exploring the social and political questions which are ignored by mobility stakeholders and governments adopting 'Vertical Taxis' as a mobility solution

For English version, please see my blog

Interactive workshop co-run with Patrick Leon Gross (Doughnut Berlin) and 100+ participants to debate doughnuts 

Full event details: https://doughnuteconomics.org/events/170 

Theme: Circles, utopia, history of urbanism, Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics and the Doughnut City occupy a prominent position within discussions about the future of urban design. This concept has been framed as a significant departure from the history of economic thinking, which has long prized GDP as a measure of richness, progress, and wellbeing whilst producing inequality and environmental damage. Also, visually, the Doughnut deviates from mainstream representations of economic ‘laws’ as linear diagrams, offering the circle as a more dynamic and organic image. We suggest that the image of the circle must be understood in the context of another history: the history of ideal city design. This workshop presents a critical reflection on the history of circular urban design, followed by a guided and open space for discussion between historians, urban planners, and renegade economists to explore the intersections between doughnut cities, circular models, and planning justice. Insight from participants will feed into a scientific publication on the topic.

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International Conference, free. Epidemic Urbanism Initiative

Themes: public health, epidemics, history of urbanism

Epidemic illnesses—not only a product of biology, but also social and cultural phenomena—are as old as cities themselves. The recent pandemic of COVID-19 has put into perspective the impact of epidemic illness on urban life, and exposed the vulnerabilities of the societies it ravages as much as the bodies it infects. How can epidemics help us understand urban environments? What insights from the outbreak, experience, and response to previous urban epidemics might inform our understanding of COVID-19? 

Paper which explored
 what the cholera epidemics in Naples can teach us about top down public health policy interventions and infrastructural choices during Covid-19

Illustrating Ancient History exhibition, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge 
Dr Javier Martinez-Jimenez, Sofia Greaves and Zofia Guertin

The exhibition explored the role of archaeologists and artists in constructing understandings of the past. The exhibition was focused upon two main questions: 'what responsibilities and difficulties does an archaeologist face when preserving and representing the past?, and 'how does art and illustration play a role in promoting community engagement with excavations?' We examined the processes behind technical drawings and artistic interpretations, and showed how they feed into one another. Work shown by Sofia Greaves and Zofia Guertin. You can view the exhibition online via the link above.


 

Remembering and Forgetting
Remembering and Forgetting

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Banner remembering and forgetting
Banner remembering and forgetting

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Rome and the colonial_cover-1-page-001

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Remembering and Forgetting

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Book Cover Designs
3 Covers commissioned for the academic publication: 'Impact of the Ancient City' series, Oxbow Press.

1. Remembering and Forgetting. This work explores how our understanding of the past is constantly reshaped by processes of memorialisation. By layering, interweaving and distorting the representational tropes of urbanism - arches, columns, windows, and walls - the image mimics the complexity ways in which memories are formed and embedded within one another.

2. Cities as Palimpsests? This work engages with the metaphor of city as palimpsest. Palimpsests are pieces of parchment, or paper, upon which something is written and subsequently erased, so that the parchment may be used again. This leaves traces of what has come before, producing a layering of different voices and times. Often it is remarked that cities are like palimpsests because they are built and rebuilt over time. This work was produced by layering paint in thin washes and taking it away to reveal an urban landscape.

3. Colonial Rome. The idea of Rome and the Roman Empire has been key to the history of colonisation, because many empires have sought to emulate and outdo the ancient example. The arched aqueduct was of the most typical expressions of 'Romanitas' and this image thinks about its disintegration in relation with the process of 'de-colonising the Classics' within scholarship, which seeks to understand and deconstruct how the reception of the ancient past has been key to colonial power dynamics and narratives.

 

We made a new one
We made a new one

Watercolour illustration of the problems economic growth causes for spatial planning

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Political Ecology
Political Ecology

Illustration of political ecology

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Keep Left
Keep Left

Illustration of Ecomarxist critique

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We made a new one

Watercolour illustration of the problems economic growth causes for spatial planning

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Illustrations for Critiques of Growth (forthcoming). Book reviewing critiques of economic growth made through different theoretical lenses

Themes: postgrowth, degrowth, science and technology studies

Illustrations for chapter headings

1. "Don't worry we made a better one" : spatial critiques of growth (Sofia Greaves)
 

2. "Political ecology" (Alejandro Fortuny Sicart and Noortje Keurhorst) 

PE shows how powerful players gain access to environmental resources to make $$$ by oppressing others and shutting down opposition. How land grabbing, water pollution, soil degradation, enclosure of resources for "conservation" or "development" occurs & its effects (For example).

 

3. Post structuralist (Elisa Schramm)
 

The objective of economic growth is normalised by how we speak about it and perform it (for example). We must open up other possibilities via 'the performance of difference', by realising 'projects of the otherwise' to valorise open endedness, non determination and experimentation. 'Otra vida es posible".

4. Ecomarxist Critique (Ben Robra and Jacopo Nicola Bergamo) 

Capitalism is the root cause of ecological degradation, see blog.