Architecture and commerce: Looking into the ‘past’ and ‘present’ within the spectacle of Canary Wharf; the ‘gated’ community’

The site of investigation for my palimpsest project concerns Canary Wharf, a former port which became a financial district, located within the borough of Tower Hamlets. It was historically known as the West India Docks, which underwent an economic transformation by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) in 1981. The main objective of the redevelopment

Using Palimpsest to Understand the City’s Cultural Re-appropriation of Graffiti and Street Art and the Impact it has on its Representational and Socio- Political Function

Abstract Having worked for renowned street artist Banksy’s press relations team for the past few summers, including throughout his critically-acclaimed exhibition ‘Dismaland’ in Weston- Super-Mare in 2015, I have been conditioned to celebrate street-art; appraising its satirical socio-political commentary and commending the voice it gives the minority. However, living in Shoreditch for the past two

Two Centuries of Sundays in the Park: Control, Subversion, and Performative Spectacle in Speaker’s Corner

This paper dives into the cacophony of Speaker’s Corner (henceforth, SC or the Corner) to trace histories of performative control and subversion. Each Sunday afternoon, speakers cluster in the North-Eastern corner of Hyde Park, an area designated for public address, to woo audiences for their speeches, songs, protests, and mockery. The Corner, today, echoes a

The Foundling Hospital

The Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury, London was a charitable home for abandoned children founded by Thomas Coram in 1739. The hospital was in operation until 1926 when it was relocated and the original building demolished. Today, select memories and structures of the hospital are preserved in the Foundling Museum, located in an adjacent building. Drawing

19th Century ‘Police and Publicans’

Introduction Archival research is an essential tool for historical geographers who seek to think and write about places and people that have long since vanished. Effectively removed from their field sites, these academics are faced with the challenge of navigating documents in an effort to source relevant data while remaining extra critical of inherent subjectivity.