Warwick Bar Masterplan: lead artist

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2006) Warwick Bar Masterplan: lead artist. [Exhibition]

Item Type: Exhibition
Event Summary: Birmingham ArtsFest/Birmingham, UK /8 - 9 September 2006
Creators: Prior, David and Crow, Frances
Abstract / Summary:

As lead-artists for Birmingham’s Warwick Bar urban development, ‘liminal’ were invited by MADE (Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment) to work with Architects Kinetic AIU on the area’s masterplan, funded by the PROJECT fund overseen by CABE (Commission for the Built Environment) and A&B (Arts and Business).

We set out to explore how consideration of sound can inform approaches to urban design, planning, regeneration, and their surrounding discourses, and began by surveying the site from the perspective of sound. Planners’ and architects’ surveys traditionally focus primarily on topography, with some acknowledgement of social and historical context. Acoustical concerns are almost never addressed beyond utilitarian issues of noise limitation and isolation. Our survey began with the premise that soundscapes are important to urban geographies and that the development’s sustainability would depend on rigorous understanding of the site’s sonic character, history and potential for further intervention.

Our first outcome was a soundwalk commissioned for Birmingham ArtsFest (8th-9th September 2006). This considered how materials collected during making and sharing the walk might identify important soundmarks to be kept, enhanced or even reinstated, and might raise the status of sound to become a significant influence on project design overall.

Official URL: http://www.liminal.org.uk/warwick-bar-masterplan/
Date: 8 September 2006
Additional Information: liminal produced a printed report and the soundwalk was re-edited for radio, and broadcast on ResonanceFM, October 2006. Findings were presented at ‘Desire Lines’ Dartington’s international arts/ecology symposium, 2006. Prior’s subsequent paper, ‘sound walking as process’ was presented at SoundAsArt, Aberdeen, November 2006 and the EPSRC-funded Sounder Spaces conference for the Mayor of London, London Zoo, March 2007. liminal’s ongoing role in the Warwick Bar masterplan led to an invitation to contribute to the Cotswolds Water Park masterplan, and was published, independently by both CABE and South West Arts, as an exemplar of artists working on masterplanning projects.
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Depositing User: David Prior
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 13:28
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 13:28
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/450

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