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Themes in the WC1 work relate to how typographic-led narratives can articulate and communicate real and abstract ideas of places; my research and practice is based upon an exploration of the role of typography in urban geography.
Based around the area of 'Tin Pan Alley' (Denmark Street), Centre Point and Charing Cross Road, the area has had an intriguing and often dark history, as it was the site of the notorious Rookery of St Giles, and today still has a distinctive atmosphere that is exciting yet cold and edgy, as I observed for many years when working in music publishing in Denmark Street.
Typography can communicate such themes in the built environment and socio-spatial relations of attachment or alienation that impact the social-psychological aspects of the lived city.
Today the distinct character and cultural importance of WC2 are being eroded at an alarming rate. Such issues connect to urban redevelopment schemes that displace the character and cultural value of places and replace them with so-called urban improvements, often resulting in hegemonic outcomes.
This is an urban geographic meditation and observation of a place that has significance to London's story (and mine).
London Characters WC2
Research-led practice project
Ruminations on WC2, 2020
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