Scoring the City

Linking to our ongoing interest in the possibilities of sonic urbanism, this experiment at the intersection takes inspiration from graphic scores in music as dynamic forms that could offer new models for the relationship between architecture, design practices, and social life: in other words, between scoring and performing urban space.

Over 12 months we propose to host 4 workshops together with Gascia Ouzounian, in very different cities with common challenges: London and Paris, two global cities needing to create flexible space to accommodate rapid economic and socio-cultural change; and Belfast and Beirut, cities marked by conflict needing to find common spaces across sectarian divides. These will invite architects and composers to collaborate to create scores for sites in transition that challenge the static nature of the architectural blueprint. The process will culminate in a publication of these scores and a launch event.

As well as being Associate Professor of Music at Oxford University, Ouzounian is co-director of the research group Recomposing the City and artistic director of the record label Optophono. Scoring the City follows TM’s collaboration with Recomposing the City on the Beirut-London exchange workshop Urban Soundscape and the Politics of Memory, and a subsequent Optophono Beirut-London edition curated by Ouzounian and Bingham-Hall, with support from UCL Institute for Global Prosperity.

FUNDING & PARTNERS: This project is carried out in collaboration with Gascia Ouzounian (Associate Professor of Music, Oxford University) through a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship awarded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). The fellowship, held by Professor Ouzounian, provides £10,000 for the joint project developed together with TM director John Bingham-Hall. 

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